Del Mar Rotary honors local business for ethics

A local test prep and tutoring company was honored for its ethical business practices during the Rotary Club of Del Mar’s inaugural 4-Way Ethical Business Award ceremony Oct. 30 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Sorrento Valley-based Hammer Prep was selected from 20 award finalists.

“We take great pride in preparing students for the future,” said Hammer Prep founder and president Andrew Hemmerich, a San Diego native, who grew up in Del Mar and attended Torrey Pines High School.

“We do it in a one-on-one environment, and we do everything we possibly can for every single kid. We build long-lasting relationships with our students in hopes that they’re going to do something much greater than any one of us has done with our lives.”

Rotary International is a service organization of approximately 1.2 million people in 34,000 clubs around the world. Del Mar Rotary was chartered in 1954.

Rotary clubs use a foundation of four core values as their guiding principles. These four principles, known as the “Four-Way Test,” state that all members of the club will be truthful, fair, builders of goodwill and beneficial to all. In an effort to expand the Four-Way Test to local businesses, Del Mar Rotary launched the 4-Way Ethical Business Award program this year.

“We can’t do things in San Diego County, as a government, alone,” said Supervisor Dave Roberts, who presented certificates of recognition to each of the 20 finalists. “We need partners throughout the community. We need businesses throughout the community. It’s all of us doing stuff together. And I think these businesses really represent the ideals Rotary holds.”

John Sorensen, a 30-year Rotary member and past president of the Del Mar Rotary Club, and Sheryl Reichert, the president and CEO of San Diego’s Better Business Bureau, also spoke at the event.

Other finalists included Aardvark Safaris, AmericanWest Bank, Americana Restaurant, Bay Club Carmel Valley, Bentley Mills, Beauty Bundles SpaTique, Belly Up Tavern, Bill Smith Automotive, California Pizza Kitchen, Coastal Premier Properties, Coldwell Banker, Il Fornaio, LifePro Financial Services, North Coast Alignment, Pacific Coast Grill, Sculpt Fusion Yoga, Stephen Dalton Architects, Torrey Pines Bank and (W)right On Communications.

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