Denver’s Applewood PH&E wins BBB award

DENVER -- Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric ( was honored as the 2009 Large Business winner in the Denver Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Trust.

The annual Torch Awards celebrate outstanding businesses that exemplify the BBB's mission "to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust." The BBB recognized eight finalists from the small, large and nonprofit business sectors from more than 200 nominees. The other large business finalists included Designs by Sundown and Elevations Credit Union.

"I think businesses have an obligation to the communities they serve to ensure trust is at the foundation of their relationship," said John Ward, founder of Applewood Plumbing.

For 36 years, Applewood has been one of Denver's leading service businesses. The success of the business can be traced to Ward and the firm’s business philosophy: Better. Cleaner. Faster. It is a company culture that lives the motto: "We never lie, cheat or defraud our customers, our company or ourselves."

"In an industry that fights its integrity daily, we are proud that we deserve - and receive - our customers' trust each time we enter their home," Ward said. "It never hurts a business to operate with honesty and integrity, no matter what you do."

Ward's interactions with employees, fellow peers, customers, vendors and the general community demonstrate the genuine sense of commitment he brings to all endeavors. The company was recently ranked eighth of more than 300 service companies and received the Nexstar Network Select Service Award of Excellence, which is based upon customer, employee and financial success. This is the seventh year in a row Applewood has received the esteemed designation. They are also the 2007 Golden Rotary's Ethics in Business Award winner and the 2008 Best of Boulder Award in the Plumbing Contractors category by the U.S. Local Business Association. And, Ward was named 2008 Businessperson of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America.

Ward's business approach is fulfilled daily in a number of ways, but the company's "Caring Community 12 in 12 Giveaway" program represents their community spirit. Local nonprofits receive $1,000 monthly to support programs, community projects and educational activities. Applewood also supports the Wheat Ridge Farmer 5000, the Belmar Elementary Science Fair and the Denver Old Home Fair.

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