Business Ethics

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the ethical culture in Southwest Florida businesses through its endowed Chair of Business Ethics at Florida Gulf Coast University, currently held by Dr. Eric Dent. The FGCU Chair of Business Ethics is funded by an endowment through the Uncommon Friends Foundation, initially launched in 2006 with a generous gift from Uncommon Friends Foundation board member Bob Taylor. As a result, all FGCU business majors are now required to take classes in ethics.

In offices and boardrooms across corporate America, business men and women are working hard at more than just improving company profits—they are shaping the character, work ethics and integrity of their corporate culture. Uncommon Friends Foundation helps support this effort through its annual business ethics roundtable discussion among business leaders, by participating in and supporting high school and college business ethics case competitions, and through our annual business ethics award to recognize and honor a local business for its commitment to ethics at all levels of the organization, among its industry peers, and within the community.

Business Ethics Award finalists are invited to participate with community business leaders at our Business Ethics Roundtable held at Florida Gulf Coast University every fall. The exchange is an open discussion about the biggest challenges facing businesses in establishing, maintaining and communicating high ethical standards, while providing peer-to-peer ideas and advice on improving ethical practices in business and sharing important trends in business ethics issues. The winning company will be revealed at our annual Uncommon Evening Gala to be held Thursday, January 21, 2021 at the Burroughs Home & Gardens. Watch for event details.


Dr. Eric Dent serves as Eminent Scholar, Professor and Uncommon Friends Endowed Chair in Ethics at Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. He is a frequent speaker to national audiences. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Dr. Dent served as a corporate vice president in the financial services industry. He is committed to an interdisciplinary research agenda and has published articles in journals of workplace leadership, consulting, philosophy, culture, history, communications, psychology, and other topics. Dr. Dent is available to consult with public and private companies on enhancing ethical cultures in business. To learn more, please email Uncommon Friends Foundation Executive Director Heather Fitzenhagen  at

2021 Annual Report on Dr. Dent’s Role and Activities on our Behalf


The Uncommon Friends Foundation Business Ethics Award recognizes organizations that exemplify standards of high ethical behavior in how they conduct their daily operations, as well as during times of crises. These organizations must demonstrate:

  • A commitment to business ethics at all levels of the organization
  • A commitment to ethical dealings with customers, vendors, shareholders, regulators, lenders, and the community
  • A commitment to ethical marketing, communications and sales practices
  • A reputation of high integrity within their industry and the community.

Qualified area businesses can apply for or nominate another ethical company for our annual Business Ethics Award. Nominations are reviewed by a panel of experts in the field of ethical business practices who select the finalists. Finalists are invited to participate with other community leaders in our annual Business Ethics Roundtable to help advance our mission of character building among our youth and enhancing ethical practices in the workplace.

Click Here for the Business Ethics Award Nomination Form

Nominations for the 2022 Business Ethics Award are currently open. Deadline for submission date of September 1st 2022

Winner of the 2021 Business ethics award:

  • Scotlynn USA

Recipients of the Business Ethics Award are:

2019 – Priority Marketing

2018 – PBS Contractors. Inc.

2017 – Pushing the Envelope

2016 – CPR Tools

2015 – CRS Technology Consultants

2014 – Sunshine Ace Hardware

2013 – Ted Todd Insurance Agency

2012 – Hope HealthCare Service

2011 – Conditioned Air

2010 – Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co.

2009 – Shell Point Retirement Community

2008 – Bonita Bay Group

2007 – WilsonMiller, Inc.

2006 – HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation

2021 Business Ethics Award Winner – Scotlynn USA

Scotlynn USA Team. 

2018 Business Ethics Award Winner Video

2017 Business Ethics Award Nominee Videos

2016 Business Ethics Award Nominee Videos

Royal Palm Yacht Club Ladies Visit Burroughs Home

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Uncommon Evening 2011

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Champion Teachers

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Business Ethics Award Recipients

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Honorary Lifetime Membership Winners

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Uncommon Friends Membership Meeting 2011

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Business Ethics Luncheon 2012

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Business Ethics Lunch 2016 at FGCU

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Annual Meeting 2012

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Scholarship Recipients

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Uncommon Evening 2012

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2016 Scholarship Recipients

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Uncommon Evening 2016

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2018 Scholarship Reception

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2018 Reflections on the River Gala

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2019 Business Ethics Luncheon at FGCU

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2019 Uncommon Evening: Pearls of Wisdom

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