The Samaritan Counseling Center is committed to protecting you, our employees, and our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeing new and existing Clients through telehealth and phone communication.
The Samaritan Counseling Center is committed to protecting you, our employees, and our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeing new and existing Clients through telehealth and phone communication.

2020 River Region Ethics in Business & Public Service Virtual Awards Event

River Region Ethics in Business (RREB), along with the Samaritan Counseling Center, Inc., will present community volunteer

 NAN HOBBS BARGANIER 

with its prestigious Maury D. Smith Award for Excellence in Professional Ethics at its annual awards event.

Finalists in the business categories are:

Small Business–Gardner’s Carpets, New Hope Academy, and State Farm Insurance—Willie Durham, Agent.

Medium Business–East Taylor Dental, Health Star Clinic, and United Heating and Air.

Large Business–Foshee Management Company, International Paper Company, and PT Solutions.

Non-Profit Organization– Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, and That’s My Child

The River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Awards is a program of The Samaritan Counseling Center, Inc. in collaboration with Auburn University Montgomery’s College of Business and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Purpose
The purpose of the program is to bring the importance of business and public service ethics to the forefront of communities throughout the River Region and to honor those individuals and companies that practice and believe in good ethics. It is hoped that businesses and agencies throughout the community will aspire to be considered for this award.

The Awards
Five recipients are selected each year from businesses, non-profit organizations/public agencies, and individuals that have demonstrated exceedingly high ethical conduct, integrity, and civic responsibility as reflected in their dealings with individuals, businesses, employees and the community. Organizational awards are given to small, medium, and large businesses, as well as a non-profit organization or public agency. An individual award, the Maury D. Smith Award for Excellence in Professional Ethics, is also presented.

The History
The River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Awards is based on a program created more than 16 years ago by the Solihten (formerly Samaritan) Institute in Denver, Colorado, the accrediting organization for The Samaritan Counseling Center, Inc. These Founders felt that individuals and companies who have successfully integrated ethical business conduct and social responsibility into their daily decision-making should be publicly honored.

The Process
A public announcement for nominations will occur annually in the fall. Up to six (6) nominees per category will be passed on to AUM Schools of Business and Sciences faculty and students. Business and public administration students at AUM will interview and conduct research with individual and organizational nominees as part of their semester course work. A Selection Committee of community leaders will review the results of the students’ research and narrows the field in each category to three (3) finalists and one (1) award winner to be specially recognized.

The Beneficiaries
Proceeds from the event benefit The Samaritan Counseling Center, Inc. to strengthen individuals, families and organizations and AUM’s College of Business and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences to further the study and teachings of ethical business and organizational practices.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, seating at this year’s luncheon will be limited to finalists, their guests, and sponsors. The awards portion of the event will be live-streamed and will begin at 12:30. You may purchase a ticket to receive a link to the live-streaming of the event. 


A special thanks to our sponsors!

Sally Smith Legg
Donation in Memory of
Maury and Cile Smith

Community Sponsors:
Alfa Insurance Company
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
Capell & Howard, P.C.
CAPTRUST
Dixie Electric, Plumbing and Air
Guardian Credit Union
Hans Heating and Air
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama
ServisFirst Bank
TrustMark
Billy and Pay Williamson
Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC

Supporting Sponsors:
Aronov Realty
Baptist Health
Beasley Allen
Chappy’s Deli/Coca Cola
CSX Railroads
CTE Outdoor Equipment
Foshee Residential Management Company
Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood
Gordy-Mead-Britton Foundation
Harmon Dennis Bradshaw, Inc.
Jackson Thornton
McConnell Honda
Moore Company
Paragon Construction
Starke Agency
The Locker Room
Thompson Insurance, Inc.
Valley National Bank
Warren Averett

Friends of Samaritan:
Alabama Power
Dr. Stephen Davidson
Long Lewis Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. Duncan McRae
Merrill Lynch
Dr. and Mrs. John Moorehouse

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