May 17, 2016

mbea 2016 recipientFor immediate release

DAYTON, Minn. (May 17, 2016) – King Solutions, Inc. was named one of three recipients for the 2016 Minnesota Business Ethics Award (MBEA), which recognizes organizations that exemplify high standards of ethical conduct. The award given to King Solutions reflects the Mid-Size Company Category (organizations with 100 to 500 employees).

Business leaders gathered May 11, 2016 at the Nicollet Island Pavilion on Business Ethics Awareness Day in Minnesota to honor three companies with the 17th annual Minnesota Business Ethics Award. The recipients of the award included:

  • Small Company Category (under 100 employees): The Ackerberg Group
  • Mid-Sized Company Category (100 to 500 employees): King Solutions, Inc.
  • Large Company Category (more than 500 employees): HealthPartners

Each MBEA recipient received a crystal award along with a congratulatory letter from Gov. Mark Dayton. Dayton declared Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Business Ethics Awareness Day in the state of Minnesota.

“This year’s MBEA recipients have made exemplary strides in creating business cultures that aspire to achieve high ethical standards,” said Brian Volkmann, MBEA co-chair. “They endeavor to make the best out of any situation while serving the interests of all stakeholders.”

King Solutions celebrates this honor with all of its employees. “It is an honor to be selected for this award and I thank each employee for living out our values,” said Michael Patterson, president and CEO of King Solutions. “This award was given to our company – not to one individual. I want to thank our team for maintaining a high ethical approach to our business.”

The finalists for the MBEA were lauded for their commitment to ethics in business. They included: Lakeview Bank, Lakeview; Peoples Bank Midwest, Maplewood, MN; Star Choice Credit Union, Bloomington, MN; FirstService Residential Minnesota, Inc., Bloomington, MN; Premier Disability Services, LLC, Minneapolis and Ecolab, Inc., St. Paul. All were recognized as outstanding ethical Minnesota businesses.

The award luncheon keynote was Emery Koenig, former vice chairman and chief risk officer of Cargill.

For more information about the MBEA, including a list of past award recipients or to nominate an organization for the 2017 awards, please visit

About the Minnesota Business Ethics Awards
The MBEA recognizes Minnesota businesses that exemplify and promote ethical conduct in the workplace, the marketplace and the community. Since its founding in 1999, the MBEA has recognized 49 Minnesota-based businesses, ranging in size from less than 10 employees to more than 150,000. The MBEA was founded by the Society of Financial Service Professionals – Twin Cities Chapter and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. Joining these two organizations as a sponsor is the Financial Executives International (FEI) – Twin Cities Chapter.