BEDFORD — The Better Business Bureau Serving New Hampshire announced the winners of the 2019 BBB Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics at the annual Torch Awards ceremony Tuesday at the Bedford Village Inn.

The winners are Family Car Care & Tire Center of Concord and Jim Hanley for the small business category; Blackdog Builders Inc. of Salem and David Bryan for the medium business category; and Foxfire Property Management Inc. of Concord and Stephen Duprey for the large business category.

“We had a strong group of finalists for this year’s Torch Awards that were very diverse but shared a common trait — they are run by incredible leaders that drive the ethics into the foundation of their businesses,” said Howard Brodsky, chairman of the Better Business Bureau Serving New Hampshire, in a statement. “Congratulations to this year’s Torch Award winners, Family Care & Tire Center, Blackdog Builders and Foxfire Property Management. It’s clear that ethics is at the core of their business.”

Better Business Bureau Torch Awards

From left are Howard Brodsky, chairman of the Better Business Bureau Serving New Hampshire; Jim Hanley of Family Car Care & Tire Center; Stephen Duprey of Foxfire Property Management; David Bryan of Blackdog Builders Inc. and Robert Shomphe, president/CEO of Better Business Bureau Serving New Hampshire at the BBB Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics on Tuesday at the Bedford Village Inn.

Family Car Care & Tire Center is a full-service repair shop and tire center in Concord.

Blackdog Builders of Salem is a design, build and remodeling company that was founded in 1989.

Foxfire Property Management, Inc. is a property management company in Concord that was founded in 1978.

The following finalists were also recognized at the Torch Awards celebration: HeartBrain Marketing of Manchester, J. Carnes & Son Roofing of Hampton Falls, P&L Landscaping of Merrimack, RMON Networks of Plaistow, Mainstay Technologies of Manchester/Belmont and Palmer Gas & Oil of Atkinson.

The BBB also announced the five 2019 Student Ethics Scholarship recipients. One of the parents of the recipients need to be affiliated with an accredited BBB business. The following students received a $2,000 cash reward to be used toward their college/university expenses:

Brianna Chase, daughter of Kelly Chase of Out Back Kayak in Lincoln, is a graduate of Lin-Wood High School and is attending Plymouth State University, majoring in biology.

Eric Dubois, son of Andrew DuBois of J. Jill in Tilton, is a graduate of Moultonborough Academy and is attending Brown University, majoring in biomedical engineering.

Anya Thomas, daughter of Peter “Sturdy” Thomas of Good Digs LLC in Dublin, is a graduate of ConVal Regional High School and is attending Eckerd College, majoring in biochemistry.

Robert DeFelice, son of Jennifer DeFelice of Broadway Bound Performance Arts Center in Merrimack, is a graduate of Merrimack High School and is attending Marist College, majoring in communications.

Paul Molnar, son of Dennis Molnar of Concord Crafty Brewery in Concord, is a graduate of Hopkinton High School and is attending Brown University, majoring in computer science.

The Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics is designed to promote the importance of ethical business practices and the willingness and efforts made by businesses to ensure that the marketplace remains fair and honorable. The awards are given out annually to the top small, medium-sized and large business categories based on the number of employees.

Sunday, October 20, 2019