■ Ben Mohler, assistant vice president for major and planned gifts at Eastern Kentucky University, has received the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive certification from The Association of Fundraising Professionals. Available only to senior-level fundraisers who have worked in the profession 10 or more years, the ACFRE is a distinguished achievement earned by only 108 professionals since the inception of the program in 1992.
■ Brandon Shingles, a Lexington native, has been named Industrial Sector All-Star by the American Staffing Association. Shingles is a point guard for the Uni-Riesen Leipzig basketball team in Germany and spends his off-season in Lexington, where he works for Integrity Staffing Solutions. Shingles graduated from Morehead State University before embarking on a professional basketball career. He came to Integrity Staffing Solutions and began as an associate but has been promoted to coach, a mentorship role that allows him to help other associates become successful on the job.
■ McBrayer, a Lexington law firm, has been ranked by Southern Political Report as the No. 1 Kentucky government affairs firm. The rankings are based on results of surveys sent to lobbyists and government affairs specialists across 13 Southern states. In addition, lawyers and lobbyists were consulted to make sure the rankings for each state are as comprehensive and accurate as possible. The rankings were released in the latest Southern Political Report's issue, summer 2015. The Southern Political Report is a quarterly journal about politics, government, business and life in the South. More information can be found at Southernpoliticalreport.com.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo