Business ethics linked to leadership, message
Staff photo by Greg Lynch David Brinkmann, owner of Frank's Auto Body Carstar, accepts an award during the Fairfield Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce third annual Ethical Business Award Luncheon, held at Receptions, Friday, Nov. 13.
By Michael D. Pitman, Staff Writer Updated 12:52 AM Saturday, November 14, 2009
FAIRFIELD — Former Bengals place-kicker Jim Breech said every day is a business owner’s “game day,” and with strong leadership and a consistent message any business can succeed.
Just as important, Breech said, employees want to know, “I can fail and still succeed.”
Breech was the keynote speaker at the annual Ethical Business Award luncheon presented by the Fairfield Rotary Club and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Nov. 13, at Receptions Conference Center.
“Here in the city of Fairfield we are very proud of our business community,” said Fairfield Chamber President and CEO Kert Radel. “We are a city that believes in ethics, we are a city that believes in working with and helping others.”
The award is based in the Rotary Club’s Four-Way Test, club president Kerry Beeber said. The test asks: Is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build good will and better friendships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned?
“It provides an ethical ruler that everyone, not only Rotarians, can and should use in their daily personal and professional lives,” Beeber said.
Frank’s Auto Body Carstar of Fairfield was named the small to medium-sized Ethical Business Award winner.
“It’s been an honor to work here in Fairfield. My father started this business some 40 years ago and without the Fairfield community we would not be standing here today,” said Frank’s owner, David Brinkmann.
Cincinnati Financial Corp. won the large division winner. It was the first time two awards were given.
“I really do believe it starts with you,” said Tim Timmel, Cincinnati Financial senior vice president of operations, to the group of business leaders and Rotarians. “It starts with setting high expectations for your people, putting the processes in place to make sure things are done right and correctly and holding people accountable when they fall off the wagon, so to speak.”
Lodder’s Marine and Ket-Moy Printing were nominees