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Carlsbad Disability Attorney Receives 15th Annual New Mexico Ethics in Business Award

Wed, January 29, 2014

Samaritan Counseling Center of Albuquerque has announced the recipients of the 2014 New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards. The recipients of the Rust Award for Excellence in Ethical Business Practice by a For-Profit Business are Don Chalmers Ford, Heritage Home Healthcare & Hospice and Rio Grande, Inc. The Hopkins Award for Excellence in Ethical Practice by a Non-Profit Organization is Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico. The recipient of the PNM/Ackerman Award for Individual Excellence in Ethical Business Practice is Gary Tonjes and the recipient of the Bill Daniels Award for Ethical Entrepreneurship is Jeff Diamond.

There were 31 nominees this year, 10 Not for Profits, 14 For Profits and 7 individuals. The other For Profit nominees were: Ad House Advertising/Edit House Productions, Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, Morning Star Motors, MVD Express, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, Payday Inc., Pettigrew & Associates (Hobbs), Quality Sleep Solutions, Inc., Stolar Research, The Kemtah Group, and Watson Truck & Supply, Inc. (Hobbs). The remaining nominees in the Not for Profit category were: Casa Esperanza, Hobbs Chamber of Commerce (Hobbs), Junior Achievement of New Mexico, LifeROOTS, Reading Works, Inc., TEDxABQ, The Loan Fund, The Volunteer Center of Grant County (Silver City), and WINGS for Life. Individuals included Brad Stevenson, Elke Wunderlich (Las Cruces), Karen Smoot, Maggie Hart Stebbins and Nan Elsasser.

Samaritan partners with the UNM Anderson School of Management for the annual selection and recognition of highly ethical businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals. Open nominations are made by the community-at-large, and then UNM business ethics students, guided by UNM Professor Sarah D. Smith, complete a semester-long research project reporting on the final nominees. An independent volunteer selection committee, chaired by Henry C. South, Managing Director at Atkinson & Co., named this year’s recipients.

The fifteenth annual Ethics in Business dinner and awards celebration will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Hotel Albuquerque. Gold sponsors for the event are the Albuquerque Journal, Clear Channel Outdoor, Daniels Fund, New Mexico Bank & Trust and the UNM Anderson School of Management.

Tickets and table sponsorships are available via Samaritan by calling 842-5300 or on the website Proceeds from the awards dinner benefit the Samaritan Counseling Center by raising funds to provide behavioral health counseling services to those in most need and to support an endowed scholarship fund for student activities related to business ethics at the UNM Anderson School of Management.

Samaritan Counseling Center integrates medical and spiritual resources to help people in Central New Mexico find wholeness and healing. They provide professional psychological counseling, education and outreach programs in English and Spanish to individuals, families and children; including community members with low-to-moderate income.

For additional information contact: Amy Borkstrom, Resource Development Coordinator, Samaritan Counseling Center 505-842-5300,

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