■ Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX convention and visitors bureau, has been honored by the Kentucky Distillers' Association and the Bourbon Women organization with its second-ever award for networking, community service and professionalism.
Ramer accepted the Lois Mateus Networking Award at the Bourbon Women's second annual "Sip-Osium," a three-day conference featuring bourbon workshops, mixology sessions, private tastings and distillery excursions.
The award is named for Mateus, retired senior vice president of Brown-Forman and the first woman to serve on the Kentucky Distillers' Association board.
Ramer joined the Lexington CVB in 2007 as vice president of tourism marketing and was promoted to vice president of marketing in 2013, becoming actively involved with rebranding the organization to VisitLEX and developing a new visitor center in the downtown core. She was named president in 2014.
■ Big Ass Fans has been named to The Inc. 5000, a list of the fastest-growing private companies, for the ninth consecutive year. The Inc. 5000 ranks companies based on their three-year growth rates. In that time, Big Ass Fans has increased revenue by 154 percent and hired more than 420 people. The company now employs more than 700 and expects $225 million in sales in 2015. In addition to the national ranking, Big Ass Fans was the fastest-growing company in Lexington and the fastest-growing manufacturer in Kentucky. View Big Ass Fans' Inc. 5000 profile or view complete results at Inc.com/inc5000.
■ Marc Theriault, general counsel at Kentucky's Administrative Office of the Courts, is one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2015.
The Class of 2015 Toll Fellows represent 33 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 serving in the legislative branch, four serving in the judiciary and nine from the executive.
Named for council founder Henry Wolcott Toll, the fellowship program is a leadership development program for state government officials. Each year, the program brings 48 of the nation's top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington for a six-day "intellectual boot camp." This year's "camp" ends Wednesday.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo