Student Teams Help Local Businesses Win Prestigious Business Ethics Award

Two student teams from High Point University recently helped two local companies win the prestigious Piedmont Business Ethics Award. Blue Ridge Companies and Guy?s Home Inspection, two of only five local businesses that won the award, were recently presented with the honor at a ceremony at Starmount Country club.

CEO?s David Couch of Blue Ridge Companies and John Guy of Guy?s Home Inspection both praised the HPU students for the efforts, crediting them as instrumental in the process. These student teams participated as part of a business ethics course: Philosophy 2043.

?I?m very proud of my student teams, achieving such outstanding success in HPU?s first year participating, and helping these businesses to be properly recognized as ethical leaders in their industries,? says Dr. Matthew Brophy, instructor of the course. ?The fact that the companies assisted by our students took home two of the five awards presented demonstrates their hard work and talents,? Brophy adds.

While the award itself was won by businesses, the determination of which companies won was based on the collaborative entries that student teams composed. The teams put together entry portfolios, which included information about the company and its ethical practices and policies, as well as its vision and values. The data included in these portfolios were based on interviews conducted by the students with various employees, company background checks, and independent research on the companies.

This year was HPU?s first year participating in the award process. A total of 50 student teams from area colleges participated, including The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Elon University.

The Piedmont Business Ethics Award was created in 2000 by the Society of Financial Service Professionals in order to spotlight the public?s attention on the positive and ethical management of local businesses.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

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