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Rochester Business Leader Receives “Being a Difference” Award (May/June 2014)

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Ethics Matters

May/June 2014

This year, the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) presented Alan R. Ziegler of Rochester, NY with the Being a Difference award at an event sponsored by the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation (RABEF).

The presentation took place at St. John Fisher College in Rochester and was attended by over 100 members of the local business community. The award was presented by Alfonzo Alexander, CPT President.

Mr. Ziegler is CEO of the Futures Funding Corporation, a financial services firm. However, it is his community involvement that prompted his nomination. In 2002, Mr. Ziegler volunteered to develop the RABEF upon seeing a need for local businesses to formally recognize and encourage ethical practices. He has actively served in the RABEF since recruiting the participation and support of over 70 leaders of local businesses and volunteers to help lead its programs aimed at making ethical practices paramount in the sector.

Mr. Ziegler has also served on numerous community boards including Compeer, Family Services of Rochester, Highland Hospital Foundation and the Rochester Area Community Foundation. Since 1983, he has actively served the Episcopal Senior Life Communities as a board member. For this, he received the 2011 Trustee of the Year award by the New York Association of Homes & Services for the Aging.

“We could not have picked a more fitting time or a better recipient for this award,” said Alexander. “Alan Ziegler founded the RABEF when he saw that someone needed to be a difference 13 years ago. Mr. Ziegler grew tired of hearing about challenges in business communities across the country and decided to make sure his community had an organization in place to fight against ethical mishaps in the business sector.”

In his nomination, Mr. Ziegler was described as “the personification of making a difference in the community in terms of encouraging ethical business behavior.” And, attendees of the ceremony agreed by giving Ziegler credit for the enduring legacy he’s built through his work with the RABEF organization.

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