OAAC Honored with BBB Torch Awards for Ethics

Posted on 05/22/2018

“Winning the Torch Award for Ethics is truly a great honor for the OAAC. Each of our co-workers daily carry that torch of integrity and ethics to ensure our patients have the best experience at our OAAC clinics.” Scott Dennis, COO

Four Central Oklahoma Businesses Receive Regional Business Ethics Award 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Better Business Bureau® of Central Oklahoma (BBB) recently announced the winners of the 2018 Torch Award for Ethics. 

The BBB Torch Award for Ethics is intended to spotlight the practices of organizations that generate a high level of trust, among their employees, customers, and their communities. The competition was created to honor businesses that demonstrate their commitment to trust and marketplace ethics, and the award embodies BBB’s mission to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. 

In this rigorous competition, businesses from 54 counties in BBB of Central Oklahoma’s service area completed a meticulous application process to illustrate their commitment to ethics and community leadership. 

“We are honored to present the most prestigious award a BBB can give a business to these outstanding and deserving Oklahoma companies,” said Kitt Letcher, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma. “These awards demonstrate the pinnacle of commitment to the highest ethical business standards of trust toward customers, employees and the communities in which they do business.”

The Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic was the winner for the 75+ employee category.  Founded in 1925, OAAC is one of the oldest, largest and most respected allergy, asthma and immunology centers in the U.S.  OAAC is committed to professional, compassionate, patient-centered care of the highest quality. 

The 1 to 10 employee, category winner was The Andrews School based in Oklahoma City.  The Andrews School is a private vocational school developing medical coders throughout the nation, from beginning, to intermediate, to advanced skills in one program. The course is designed to be completed in one year and prepares graduates for the highest level of medical coding credentials.

Drabek & Hill, Inc. took home top honors in the 11 to 49 employee category.  Founded in 1961 by E.J. Drabek and Jackie Hill, Drabek & Hill, Inc. has earned a reputation for service excellence and total customer satisfaction.  Over the years, Drabek & Hill, Inc. has grown to be one of Oklahoma’s largest heating and air conditioning contractors and prides itself on their staff’s delivery of quality and service.

Homes by Taber, which was founded in 2000 by Taber LeBlanc, received the Torch Award in the 50 to 74 employee category.  Homes by Taber, a local home builder in the Oklahoma City area which has offerings of new homes starting at 1,500 square feet and going up to 2,800 square feet of indoor living space.  They currently build in 18 different locations around the OKC metropolitan area.

The companies underwent a lengthy application process and were judged on six criteria; Leadership Commitment to Ethical Practices, Communication of Ethical Practices, Leadership Practices to Unify the Organization, Organizational Commitment to Performance Management Practices, Organizational Commitment to Ethical Human Resource Practices, and Organizational Commitment to the Community.  The awards were presented at each of the businesses offices, so the companies and their employees could celebrate their achievement. 

All four companies are now qualified and entered into the 2018 International Torch Awards for Ethics. Presented annually since 1996, the International Torch Awards for Ethics honors companies who demonstrate best practices in leadership character and high standards of organizational ethics that benefits their customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, and communities. To enter the International Torch Awards for Ethics, a business must first be a winner of their local BBB award program.