Ted Todd Insurance Agency, located in Bonita Springs, was named the 2013 Business Ethics Award recipient during the recent Uncommon Friends Foundation's Uncommon Evening. Tedd Todd, owner, accepted the award for the company. The agency is committed to operating its business with honesty and integrity, embracing all aspects of Allstate Insurance Company's Code of Ethics as its bedrock foundation.
The annual award is presented to a Southwest Florida business that exemplifies the highest standards of ethical behavior with a system-wide commitment to business ethics. Applications for the eighth annual award were reviewed by an independent panel of ethics experts from across the country in determining this year's winner.
Finalists for the business ethics award included The Harry Chapin Food Bank and Smart Companies. They were invited participants in a business ethics forum and luncheon on June 6 at Florida Gulf Coast University, which was sponsored by the Lutgert College of Business at FGCU and the Uncommon Friends Foundation. The Uncommon Evening was held at Harborside Convention Center, Fort Myers.
Steve Shimp was presented with the foundation's honorary life membership. He established Owen-Ames-Kimball Company in Fort Myers in 1982 and grew the company to over $190 million in sales in 2007, performing commercial, institutional, multi-family, and public works projects with a staff of 70. Shimp, as CEO of O-A-K, consistently supported the foundation's Character Education Teacher awards. He and his wife, Kathy, have served on the Advisory Board for a number of years.
During the Uncommon Evening, scholarships were presented to 17 recipients. Dr. Karen Serrell, a Lee County teacher was honored as a "champion teacher."
Past recipients of the Business Ethics Award are HomeBanc Mortgage Corp., WilsonMiller, Inc., Bonita Bay Group, Shell Point Retirement Community, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co, Conditioned Air, and Hope Healthcare.
The Uncommon Friends Foundation, a not for profit 501(c)3 organization established in 1993, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today's youth and business leaders. Its mission is to promote character education in schools, business ethics in the workplace and historic preservation of the Burroughs Home and James Newton Archives.