Lenny Jordan, Vocational Service chair, presented the Franklin Rotary Club Business Integrity Award to Greg Vernelson, a Franklin auctioneer.
The award is to recognize businesses in the local community that best incorporate the ideals of Rotary’s Four-Way Test in their business ethics. Additionally, it includes how a business treats its customers as well as the general public in everyday interactions.
Jordan relayed some history of Vernelson and an example of how his business practice meets the Four-Way Test.
Vernelson had been hired by an attorney in Swain County to remove items from a house in Bryson City. The elderly woman living in the home had recently been placed in a nursing home and he was hired to remove anything of value to be sold at an auction with the rest being discarded. While removing the bed from her small home, Greg and his employees found several envelopes between the mattress and the box springs. The envelopes contained slightly over $21,000. Vernelson called the attorney and returned the money.
Vernelson has worked for charities like the Wounded Warrior Project and Toys for Tots.
Vernelson says that integrity is part of the job and that auctioneers like himself “need to be in a position of trust or we don’t last.”