CHICAGO, IL February 22, 2011 – Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart will be the featured speaker at the 84th Annual Dinner Meeting of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago & Northern Illinois (BBB) on Tuesday, March 1 at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.
Tom Dart will speak on the importance of making ethical hiring choices a reality in the marketplace. In addition, he will discuss the BBB mission and the fact that ethical business actions are good for business especially in today’s economic climate.
“It’s really an honor for the BBB to have Sheriff Tom Dart speak on ethics in today’s society at our Annual Dinner Meeting,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Dart is a former state prosecutor and state legislator who has long fought for the rights of others and protecting the most vulnerable of our society. As Sheriff, Dart is responsible for overseeing a police department that patrols and investigates crimes, throughout suburban Cook County. This combination makes him uniquely suited to speak on the topic of business operations and ethics.”
The 84th Annual Dinner Meeting of the BBB will be emceed by NBC 5 Chicago News Anchors Allison Rosati and Rob Stafford, with the presenting of the coveted Torchbearer of the Year Award to Attorney General Lisa Madigan following dinner. This award is presented annually by the BBB to recognize the efforts of an individual business leader in our community.
“We are especially appreciative, not only of the excellent work Attorney General Madigan has done with the BBB during the past several years, but also for her ongoing efforts regarding consumer protection,” noted Bernas.
Several other award presentations will be made on March 1st, including the Diogenes Award for Excellence in Media to Hosea Sanders to honor his exceptional work on ABC 7 News Chicago which helps to educate consumers in our community.
Bernas said: “Hosea Sanders has won six Emmy Awards, gaining honors for live coverage, spot news, entertainment reporting, news writing, and overall news achievement. He has also received more than one hundred awards from various civic and community organizations. Through the years, the BBB has been proud to work with Hosea in his efforts.”
Also recognized at the meeting will be Gary Hicks as the Better Business Bureau Arbitrator of the Year. Mr. Hicks has served as a volunteer arbitrator for the BBB since October of 2000. He is the first two-time recipient of the Daniel D. Calibraro Arbitrator of the Year Award, previously having received it nine years ago in 2002.
A special award will be presented to the Daily Herald-Paddock Publications of Arlington Heights, IL for 50 years of Accreditation with the BBB.
As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reports on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.