Edafio Recognized as a Finalist for BBB International Torch Award for Ethics

International Recipient Finalist

National Award

November 1, 2021 – Arlington, VA – Edafio Technology Partners, a leading provider of IT, cloud computing and cybersecurity, announced today they were among three finalists to receive the prestigious International Torch Award for Ethics. The Better Business Bureau’s foundation, the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust announced four 2021 winners and finalists this week

Texas Vets Roofing,Mesquite, TX (Category 1 1-10 employees)

Scottco Mechanical Contractors,Amarillo, TX (Category 2 11-99 employees)

Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air,El Cajon, CA (Category 3, 100-499 employees)

CITY Furniture,Tamarac, FL (Category 4 500 or more employees)

Three additional companies were named finalists:

Edafio Technology Partners, Little Rock, AR

The Burn Shop, Wichita Falls, TX

First Volunteer Bank, Chattanooga, TN

Presented annually since 1996, the BBB International Torch Awards recognize companies in North America that maintain the outstanding dedication to upholding ethical business standards and promoting trust in the marketplace. Each of the winners and finalists won a local or regional Torch Award from the BBB where they are based.

“For decades, BBB has been setting standards to make trust a fundamental component of the American and Canadian marketplace,” said Melissa Trumpower, executive director of the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust. “These International Torch Award winners and finalists embody that vision on a daily basis, and we are proud to honor them.”

“As a finalist, we are sincerely honored by this prestigious honor from the BBB. It validates our efforts to ensure that we operate as an ethical business, setting high standards that our associates demonstrate daily,” said Edafio President/CEO Kenny Kinley. “Edafio’s value-based approach to client success and a strong culture of humility, respect and unquestionable integrity are pillars of our success, and we remain committed to setting a high bar for ethical business practices now and in the future.”

Kenny Kinley, Edafio President/CEO

About the Winners

Texas Vets Roofing, Mesquite, TX (Category 1 1-10 employees)

In business since February 2012, woman-owned Texas Vets Roofing proudly offers top-notch roofing services with a dedication to providing its valued customers with the highest quality workmanship and excellent customer service. The company provides whole roof systems and trains its technician to put quality service over profits. Every customer is offered a free, no-obligation professional roof assessment by a specially trained technician. At least once a month the Texas Vets Roofing team comes together for a “Family Meeting” to encourage and redefine the standard that is expected out in the field and in the office. Along with serving their customers, the company’s focus is on the community as well. Last year, Texas Vets Roofing donated over 20% of its profits back into the community. They use their time and funds to support veterans through the Roof 4 Vets program. The company’s goal for 2021 is to provide one free roof each month to a veteran or a veteran’s family in need. Texas Vets Roofing is the recipient of the BBB Serving North Central Texas 2020 Torch Award for Ethics.

Scottco Mechanical Contractors, Inc., Amarillo, TX (Category 2 11-99 employees)

For 49 years, Scotto Mechanical Contractors has provided plumbing, drain cleaning, heating, air conditioning, and electrical services to homeowners and businesses in the Texas Panhandle. The company’s 89 employees and 60 service vehicles serve more than 10,000 commercial and residential customers each year. Staying true to its founding principles of professionalism, integrity, and quality, as well as its Code of Ethics, has not only helped the company to grow but has allowed it to maintain positive relationships with its employees, customers, suppliers, and the community. The company’s goal is to make every customer a “customer for life” by exceeding expectations. Customers receive flat-rate pricing, “red carpet” protection in their homes, and follow-up calls after the job are completed. The company recognizes the value of its associates and invests heavily in their personal and professional development. Associates receive stock ownership, above-average pay, and an excellent benefits package. Scott gives generously to its surrounding community through monetary donations, goods, and services. The company has received numerous industry and community recognitions. Scottco Mechanical Contractors was named a 2005 and 2020 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics winner and a 2009 finalist by BBB serving the Texas Panhandle. The company was also a finalist in the 2020 BBB International Torch Awards for Ethics program.

Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air, El Cajon, CA (Category 3, 100-499 employees)

Serving all of San Diego County, Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air was founded in 1978 with the guiding principles of quality, integrity, service, and commitment to its community. The company’s tagline “Nobody wows clients as we do!” is its promise to deliver the highest quality experience to every client, every day, in every way. At Anderson, jobs are not considered finished until each customer has found their work to be more than satisfactory. Internal communications are frequent, open, and meticulously organized to ensure everyone in the company is prepared to do business at a higher standard, to “wow” the client. Employees are not only offered a generous benefits packet, but ongoing continuing education and training are required to provide outstanding service, quality, and professionalism to the company’s clients. The company launched the Anderson Career Builder Institute in 2017 to help fill the need for qualified, skilled trade candidates and to provide additional training to its employees. Whether it’s helping a family in need, sponsoring a major community event, or encouraging colleagues to participate in community service, giving back is a constant in the Anderson corporate culture. Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air were named a 2014 winner of the BBB International Torch Awards for Ethics and a winner of the 2020 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics by BBB serving the Pacific Southwest.

CITY Furniture, Tamarac, FL (Category 4 500 or more employees)

For 49 years, CITY Furniture’s mission has been to provide quality home furnishings at excellent value in an exciting and fun environment. Learning and development are at the heart of its people strategy. CITY’s training programs ensure that Associates are equipped to provide customers with an exceptional customer experience. Its People First Training Program is mandatory for all leaders within the company. The company values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and strives to provide a work environment where all Associates feel welcomed, respected, appreciated, and valued, and are given opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. CITY strives to establish a culture of mutual trust and respect with its customers, as well. Throughout the entire customer process, CITY asks for feedback so they can continue to improve their overall customer experience. The company is committed to giving back a minimum of 5% of annual profits through their 5% Giving Pledge, and partners with over 40 non-profit organizations throughout Florida to provide support through fundraising, volunteerism, and activism. CITY Furniture has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2021 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics from BBB of South Florida and the Caribbean.

In addition, three companies were named finalists in the competition. They are:

Edafio Technology Partners is ranked one of the top managed service providers (MSP) in the nation. With clients and offices throughout Arkansas. Edafio has supported technology strategies for companies for more than 20 years. They have a world-class team of 100+ certified engineers and specialists dedicated to making an organization’s network safe by providing a range of network management and consulting services, Cybersecurity, Microsoft 365, Cloud Computing and Healthcare optimization. Edafio is also a UCS/SOC 2 Type 2 Certified, ensuring the highest level of trust and peace of mind. 

We exist to help, build, and protect our clientsʼ businesses through information technology, cloud computing, healthcare optimization and cybersecurity. We are driven by and owe our success to living our core values, which begin with our commitment to our clientsʼ success. We are further committed to unquestionable integrity in everything we do, and although we provide our clients with a wide range of specialized expertise and technology services, we endeavor at all times to approach our work as one team, unified by humility and mutual respect

  • The Burn Shop, Wichita Falls, TX – a family-owned custom metal fabrication, for their commitment to customer satisfaction, quality craftmanship, and their community.
  • First Volunteer Bank, Chattanooga, TN – a community bank, for its customer focused service and investing in the communities where its customers and employees live.

Winners and finalists are selected by an independent panel of judges. Businesses are evaluated against criteria such as leadership commitment to ethical practices; communication of ethical practices; leadership practices to unify the organization; organizational commitment to performance management practices; organizational commitment to ethical human resource practices; and organizational commitment to the community. To be eligible for entry in the BBB International Torch Awards for Ethics, a business must first be a winner of their local BBB awards program.

About the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust

The BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust is the educational foundation of the International Association of Better Business Bureaus and a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Its goals are to advance trust in the marketplace through programs that promote best practices and business ethics, raise consumer awareness and training about scams, fraud, and deceptive advertising, and build financial and digital literacy. The Institute offers in-person and online training, print and digital educational resources, scholarships, and programs, and works with BBB offices across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Media Contacts:  For more information, journalists should contact Katherine Hutt at 212-705-0131 or khutt@iabbb.org.

Melissa Swann

Melissa Swann brings 25 plus years of experience in integrated marketing, public relations, face-to-face event management, sales activation, and client relationship management to her Director of Marketing at Edafio Technology Partners. Among the more versatile professional service marketers in the field, Melissa combines experience, knowledge, and expertise rarely found in a single individual: strategic planning, branding, creative concept development, and design and project management are all areas where Melissa has added value, built business and distinguished herself from her peers. With a record of achievement across the whole spectrum of communication channels and audiences, she has proven her effectiveness in understanding market needs and in developing compelling programs and content targeted to both consumer and business-to-business audiences. Melissa has a unique ability to simplify the presentation of complex product and service offerings and make them more accessible and actionable.



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