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Three from Central Texas Receive Prestigious Samaritan Center Ethics in Business Awards and City of Austin Honored
AUSTIN, Texas, October 26, 2005 – The three winners of the fourth annual Samaritan Center Ethics in Business Awards were named at an Awards dinner attended by 400 business and community leaders. The Awards were launched in 2002 to recognize exemplary ethical standards and practices by businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals in Central Texas.
Ethics in Business program Master of Ceremonies Claude Ducloux presented the awards to The Maids Home Services in the business category. People’s Community Clinic received the nonprofit award and Bill McLellan was chosen in the individual category.
Mayor Will Wynn accepted a special recognition award on behalf of the City of Austin for its response and support of the relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina. The awards dinner was dedicated to supporting the Samaritan Counseling Center’s work in providing long-term emotional and psychological health of hurricane survivors and others in our community.
St. Edward's University, the Samaritan Center's partner in the Ethics in Business program, directed the yearlong nomination and selection process. The Awards Selection Committee received vital research assistance from students and alumni. Dr. Linda Ford and Assistant Dean of the School of Management and Business, Pauline Albert, directed the St. Edward’s students. The selection process was managed by the University’s Center for Leadership and Ethics.
Marsha Kelliher, Dean of the School of Management and Business at St. Edward’s University said, “The awards process is a unique opportunity for our students and the community to collaborate in raising awareness of ethical issues and practices. St. Edward’s is pleased to be part of a program that recognizes organizations and individuals who strive each day to do the right things. ”
Dell Inc., Central Texas' largest private employer, is the Grand Sponsor of the 2005 Samaritan Center Ethics in Business program for the fourth year. Giovanni Tosonotti, Director of Ethics and Compliance for Dell, gave closing remarks. Other corporate sponsors included Amanda Schultz Photography, Capital Printing Company, Concordia University, The Inviting Pear, KLG/Jade New Media & Marketing LLC, Maxwell Locke & Ritter and McCoy’s Building Supply Centers
Reason for Selection
Eleven years ago when retired Air Force Colonel John Gibbs and his wife Elaine decided to start a new business, their focus was to do work that could affect the lives of others. The Maids Homes Services makes an important difference in the lives of both its customers and its employees. The Maids conducts business in a way that is life enhancing including employee, supplier relations and customer complaint policies that honor treating each person impacted with fairness and equity. Operating as a franchise of Maids Home Services International, the Maids’ two-dozen employees offer exceptional customer service using products that honor the environment. In turn its employee benefits surpass industry standards and include counseling, performance reviews, bonus programs and the opportunity for all to participate in health care coverage. Management understands that happy customers are only possible when one has happy employees and a focus on fair and transparent practices, continuous feedback and problem solving makes possible a happy and productive environment at Maids Home Services.
Founded in 1970 by a group of volunteer doctors the People’s Community Clinic annually treats over 35,000 uninsured working poor with just under $5.0 million per year. The organization is an incredible role model for treating patients, employees, community partners and donors with dignity and transparency, while respecting everyone’s privacy. People’s leadership team showed the St. Edward’s University research team its strengths, its weaknesses, where it had stumbled and where it excelled, all with an eye towards identifying new opportunities for improving its organization. One hundred percent of both patients and staff surveyed stated that they were treated with dignity. Its collaboration with other community organizations is exceptional in creating shared trust and avoiding competition that can undermine service to those most in need. The research team ended its analysis with these words. “The people associated with People’s Community Clinic are inspirational. They have shared their experiences and perspectives with this team and we feel privileged and honored to have learned about them. People’s Community Clinic would be our first choice for health care; we would be proud to volunteer for the clinic; we would support People’s Community Clinic financially; and we would be honored to serve as board members. ”
Bill McLellan is the Vice Chairman of Treaty Oak Bank, a newly formed financial services institution. Currently, he is the Board Chair for Envision Central Texas and a Board Member for St. David’s Hospital, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Austin Recovery Center, Capital IDEA, Skillpoint and Downtown Austin Alliance. Bill has demonstrated outstanding ethical leadership in his business and personal life. At 3M, Bill hired the first female sales representative in the 1970s and he later introduced the first on-site wellness center and company-funded childcare program. He has successfully mentored individuals with varied developmental needs, from diverse backgrounds and in different career stages. Bill has a passion for helping those who are less fortunate, especially homeless people, whom he treats with the utmost respect. Bill received the “Non-profit Executive of the Year” and “United Way Volunteer of the Year” awards for his continuous business and community contributions. Bill McLellan is an excellent example of an ethical leader, proficient mentor, and dedicated community contributor.
The Samaritan Center is a not-for-profit interfaith counseling center whose ministry is committed to providing professional counseling, psychotherapy and educational service which affirms the spiritual dimension of life without regard to one’s ethnic origin, economic status, age or religious affiliation. The Samaritan Center of Austin is affiliated with the Samaritan Institute of Denver and over 350 Samaritan Centers worldwide.
Founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward’s University has been named as one of America’s Best Colleges for 2005 by U.S. News & World Report and was selected by The Princeton Review for inclusion in the guide “Colleges with a Conscience.” St. Edward’s is a private, Catholic, liberal arts university of approximately 4,650 students located in Austin, Texas.
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