Student Team Helps Zaki Oriental Rugs Win Business Ethics Award


HIGH POINT, N.C., May 9, 2012 – A student team from High Point University recently helped Zaki Oriental Rugs win the prestigious Piedmont Business Ethics Award. Zaki Oriental Rugs, one of only three businesses to win the award this year, was recently presented with the honor at a ceremony at Starmount Country club.

The winning student team consisted of Stephanie Benoit, Melia Sigmon and Jeremy Hopkins, and six other student teams participated in the event. All teams participated as part of a business ethics course taught by Dr. Matthew Brophy, assistant professor of philosophy.

“I’m very proud of my all of seven student teams. They constructively collaborated with these local Triad companies to highlight the importance of success with significance in business,” Brophy says. “The fact that three companies assisted by our students were deemed finalists, with one garnering the PBEA award, demonstrates both the ethical leadership of these companies, but also our students’ hard work and talents.”

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 second year participating in the award process. More than 50 student teams from area colleges participated.

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 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. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It 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

Communication Specialist


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