Business awards: Week of March 25

March 25, 2013 

Lois Howard Gray, Gray Construction founder and community philanthropist, was posthumously honored by the Kentucky Commission on Women at its annual Kentucky Women Remembered ceremony March 12 at the state Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.

As part of this honor, Gray's portrait will be displayed alongside past inductees in the state Capitol.

Kentucky political commentator Al Smith nominated Gray. He cited Gray's perseverance after the death of her husband left her with six children to rear and a construction company to run.

Gray continued the work her husband started and, with the help of her sons, grew Gray Construction into one of the top design-build contractors in the nation.

In addition to being a businesswoman, Gray is also remembered as a community advocate who worked for the betterment of arts and education in Kentucky.

■ Industry publication Accounting Today has listed Mountjoy Chilton Medley as the 82nd-largest accounting firm in the United States and the ninth largest in the Southeast.

Accounting Today ranks U.S.-based firms by their net revenue. The 2013 lists are based on data from 2012. The full Top 100 Firms report is available at by clicking on the "Rankings" tab.

■ A gold medal was awarded to Pearse Lyons Reserve malt whiskey and a silver medal to Town Branch Bourbon in the American Whisky division of the 2013 Spirits of the Americas competition. Town Branch Bourbon has also been awarded a silver medal in the 2013 Denver International Spirits Competition.

Town Branch Bourbon has been on the market for just over a year, and Alltech released Pearse Lyons Reserve in August 2010.

Town Branch Bourbon and Pearse Lyons Reserve are widely distributed in the United States, as well as in Ireland, China and Canada.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo

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