■ Dean A. Langdon, a member of DelCotto Law Group, has gained certification in Consumer Bankruptcy Law from the American Board of Certification. Certification requires passing a daylong examination, completing at least 60 hours of bankruptcy education and devoting at least 400 hours to bankruptcy matters in the three years prior to certification.
■ Conjuna Collier, administrator at Tanbark Health Care Center in Lexington, has been chosen by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living as a future leader in long-term care. Collier will join the association's Future Leaders program, a yearlong program that offers training and guidance for long-term care professionals.
Collier has been an administrator in long-term care for 18 years, the last decade at Tanbark. She is also a three-time district administrator of the year winner, and Tanbark has been named district facility of the year twice in the association's Quality Awards Program.
■ Carolyn H. Kurz, executive vice president and chief executive officer at the Lexington Medical Society, has been presented with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given by the AMA to honor a medical association executive who has contributed substantially to the goals and ideals of the medical profession.
Kurz began her career at Lexington Medical Society with a small budget and a membership of 350. Under her leadership, the society has become a full-service organization that has attracted more than 1,500 members and funds numerous programs that benefit physicians and patients.
Kurz has been active with The Rotary Club of Lexington, serving as its first female president from 2004-05. As a member of Commerce Lexington, an organization dedicated to business and economic development, Kurz worked with area hospitals and facilitated the formation of the Lexington Health Economy and Life Sciences Institute, an innovative economic development program.
Presentation of the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award occurred during the AMA's annual policy-making meeting in Chicago.
■ Ryan Dively, general manager of Nicholasville's Sam's Club, was presented with the keys to the city of Nicholasville by Mayor Russel Meyer, for the outstanding citizenship displayed by Dively and Sam's Club toward the city. Neal Cassidy, Jessamine County judge executive, also presented Dively with a special plaque of appreciation and nominated him to the Order of Kentucky Colonels for his consistent support of Jessamine County and local organizations.
■ GRW, a locally based national engineering, architecture and planning firm, has been ranked in its field by Engineering News-Record, a weekly publication for construction industry professionals. Continually ranked since 1972, GRW rose eight spots to 280 in the 2012 ENR Top 500 Design Firms list.
With corporate headquarters in Lexington, GRW has more than 220 employees. It has offices in Louisville and Ft. Mitchell, as well as Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas.
For more information about the ENR Top 500 Design Firms list, visit Enr.construction.com/toplists/DesignFirms/001-100.asp.
■ The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition has announced its 2012 winners, and all 11 whiskies entered from Buffalo Trace Distillery were awarded medals. In addition, four of those whiskies were named best of category.
Buffalo Trace Distillery's top winners include:
Best of category: Single Barrel American Whiskey 10 Years or Less - Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey; Small Batch Bourbon 10 Years or Less - Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; Small Batch Bourbon 11 Years or Older - Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; American Straight Rye - Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey.
Other Buffalo Trace Distillery whiskies earning medals include:
Gold medal: Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; Eagle Rare Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey; Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey; Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey; Eagle Rare Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky; Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky
Silver medal: Benchmark Old No. 8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bronze medal: Rich & Rare Reserve Canadian Whisky
Buffalo Trace Distillery also won bronze medals in the Packaging Competition: Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey — container; Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey — graphics.
Complete results of the 2012 LAIWSC are available at Lawinecomp.com.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo