Comfort Plus Services Named a Winner in BBB serving Greater Maryland’s 2017 Torch Awards for Ethics

| September 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

(Angie Barnett, left, President and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Greater Baltimore, presents Jeff Linthicum, General Manager/Vice President of Comfort Plus Services, with Torch Award for Ethics 2017 Winner Award at BBB’s 100th Anniversary Celebration)




(BALTIMORE, MD) September 20, 2017 – Comfort Plus Services, an HVAC service and installation company located in Federalsburg on the Eastern Shore, was recently named a winner in the Better Business Bureau 2017 Torch Awards for Ethics. This award, which recognizes outstanding Maryland businesses that intentionally pursue BBB’s six TRUST! Principles, was presented at last night’s harborside event celebrating the organization’s 100th anniversary at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

This annual award is the nonprofit organization’s premier public recognition of businesses that embody BBB’s mission of advancing marketplace trust.


“Jeff Linthicum of Comfort Plus Services prides himself on running a strong HVAC business with trust and integrity.  From their ‘Caught in the Act’ program, which rewards employees who have gone ‘above and beyond’, to their strong belief in further education and annual training, exemplary customer service and transparency are the name of the game for Comfort Plus.  Congratulations on being named a winner in the 2017 Torch Awards for Ethics,” remarked Angie Barnett, president and CEO of BBB.

Barnett continued, “Recognizing all of the Torch Award finalists and winners, while celebrating BBB’s 100 years of service in Maryland, made for a truly inspirational evening. Each Torch Award honoree demonstrates a conviction to make strategic, ethical decisions that cement their relationships with employees, customers, suppliers and their community.”

Nearly 200 business leaders, including members of BBB’s board of directors, attended this milestone event. Maryland Secretary of the Department of Commerce, Mike Gill, presented BBB’s leadership with a Citation from Governor Larry Hogan marking its 100 years of helping Maryland businesses and those who buy from them.



About the 2017 BBB serving Greater Maryland Torch Awards for Ethics

The Torch Awards for Ethics is BBB’s premier public recognition of organizations that intentionally pursue six TRUST! Principles. The award embodies the BBB’s mission of advancing marketplace trust.

The entry must illustrate how the business exceeds marketplace standards for ethics and integrity in its relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, peers and the community.  A Torch Awards for Ethics application requires the organization to state their beliefs around each section’s criteria, to tell a story about how the beliefs are used, how they improved over time, and demonstrate how they monitor their performance against goals, standards or other benchmarks.

Over eighty organizations completed the initial nomination phase for BBB serving Greater Maryland’s 2017 Torch Awards for Ethics. They were pre-screened, but just twenty one had the fortitude to complete the online application. A panel of judges, which included past winners and members of BBB’s Board and Standards & Compliance Committee, selected only five to receive honors for Greater Maryland’s 2017 Torch Awards for Ethics.


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