2018 Ethics in Business Award
The 18th annual Ethics in Business Award was presented by the six Rotary Clubs of Tallahassee and the Rotary Clubs of Monticello and Wakulla at noon April 25 at the Florida State University Alumni Center.
Each year, wanting to promote the highest standards of ethical business practice, the Rotary Clubs recognize an exemplary individual who exhibits outstanding ethical practices in dealing with employees, customers and other businesses.
Sensitivity to the need of the community, respect for the environment, leadership, adherence to the principles in the Rotary Four Way Test, and the provision of resource support to humanitarian causes are some of the other criteria used to select the winner. Members of the community submit nominations.
A committee of selected students in the FSU College of Business research the nominees, interview them based on a set of questions that include asking for an example of an ethical dilemma or “gray area” that the nominee has faced personally in business and if he or she has ever experienced a loss for doing what is right.
In 2006, the award was named in honor of Bill Dugger who died in a tragic accident. Dugger was described as a dedicated person in all major aspects of life, a recognized service leader, former president of one of the Rotary Clubs and a consummate professional who reached the pinnacle success through ethical performance of his duties.
The 2018 winner of the Ethics in Business Award is Tom Derzypolski, President BowStern Marketing. Other nominees included, Matt Coniglio, Dr. Gabrielle K. Gabrielli, CGMP, Dr. Thomas L. Lawrence M.D., P.A., Cindy Loomis and John Rivers.
Past winners have included Ken Boutwell former CEO of MGT of America, Rick Kearney, Mainline Information Systems, Dr. Joseph Camps, Les Akers, Legacy Toyota and the 2015 winner Armando Zapata, General Manager of Costco.
If you have any questions about the award or the criteria, please feel free to call
Reverend Glenn Bass at 345-9782 or, Michael Forsthoefel at 906-9870.