Luis Rodriguez is the 2017 recipient of the Glendale West Rotary Club Ethics in Action award. Rodriguez was selected from a list of 12 West Valley honorees recognized during the local service club’s third annual award dinner April 27 at the Pendergast Learning Center.
Nominated by Pendergast Elementary School District Superintendent and 2017 Ethics in Action honoree Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, Rodriguez is the owner and operator of L&R Roofing and a member of the Pendergast Elementary Education Foundation.
“I have had the wonderful opportunity to get to know Luis both personally and professionally through his work with schools in the Pendergast district in Avondale, Glendale and Phoenix as owner of his company, L&R Roofing Solutions,” stated DeBlieux in her nomination. “Luis is one of the most ethical business owners I know and has provided outstanding work for the district.”
“His team knows how important giving back is and in addition to being an active member of the Pendergast Education Foundation, Luis is always raising money and awareness to help our students, staff, families and communities. He truly puts service above self in everything he does,” DeBlieux detailed. “Luis is a role model for others in the way he treats people with respect, his ethical business practices and moral turpitude.”
While Glendale West Rotary Club is just eight years old, it is part of Rotary International which has been positively impacting lives for 110 years. The club adheres to the organization’s Four Way Test as a measure of ethical behavior: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
In the club’s introduction, Rodriguez was said to exemplify a sense of fairness, integrity, good will towards others, a desire to ensure the world is made a better place through one smile, one act of kindness and one personal contact at a time. He does so with immense humility and with only a desire to make a difference in the lives of those around us.
“I don’t belong here,” said Rodriguez upon acceptance of the award. “I am humbled by these honorees and thank you for believing in what you do. We need more people like you.”
The 2017 honorees included Councilmember Wally Campbell, City of Goodyear; Charlie Ellis, founder, Operation Enduring Gratitude; Robert Heidt, President and CEO, Glendale Chamber of Commerce; Adrian Ortega, Branch Retail Executive/Vice President, BBVA Compass Bank; Venus Ramirez, Customer Assistance Program Manager, APS; David Schwake, Food Service Coordinator, Litchfield Elementary School District; Jerry Weiers, Mayor, City of Glendale; and Cindy Wiste, Response to Intervention Coordinator for Math, Pendergast Elementary School District.
In addition to its individual honorees, the club also acknowledged its first group honorees. Joining DeBlieux was Gina Godbehere, Bureau Chief, Northwest Valley, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Jennifer Rogers, Business Development, GCON Inc.
Rodriguez joins previous Ethics in Action award winners Betty Lynch and Natalie Stahl. For more information about Glendale West Rotary and its ethics awards program, visit glendalewestrotary.org.