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UWF College of Business, Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola name 2013 Ethics in Business Award recipients

The University of West Florida College of Business, in partnership with the Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola, named the 2013 recipients of the Combined Pensacola Ethics in Business Award today during a luncheon at New World Landing in downtown Pensacola. Ron Gillette was given the award for the small business sector (99 or fewer employees), and Edwin “Buz” Eddy was named for the large business sector (more than 100 employees).

“This is the 11th year that the UWF College of Business has partnered with the Combined Rotary Clubs of Northwest Florida to recognize Northwest Florida leaders whose conduct exemplify the highest standards of ethical behavior in business,” College of Business Dean Ed Ranelli said.

Gillette, a graduate of the UWF College of Business, is the owner of Gillette Wheelchair Engineers, a family owned and operated business based in Pensacola that is dedicated to helping those with limited mobility and other specialized medical needs in the Northwest Florida area. Gillette was also nominated for his dedication to helping those in need, shown by his wheelchair missions to Jamaica, Peru, and Costa Rica.

Eddy was recognized for his exceptional ethical treatment of his customers, constituents, stakeholder, employees, contractors and neighbors in his high profile position as City Manager of the City of Gulf Breeze. He is a member of the Gulf Breeze Rotary Club and was nominated for his track record of abiding by the best practices in business and his leadership role in Rotary food drives for many years.

The award is given to recognize those who exemplify the concept of “service above self” and work to build a positive sense of self-worth within both the business community and the broader community as a whole. Criteria for the award is based on adherence to the high ethical standards of honesty, integrity and consistency in dealing with employees, contractors and customers, while positively enhancing the economic well-being of the firm’s stakeholders and providing jobs, opportunities and profits.

For additional information, visit uwf.edu/cob/ethics.cfm.