■ Linda Bridwell, Kentucky American Water's director of water quality and environmental compliance, has received the 2010 Robert M. Gillim Professional Recognition Award presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award honors Bridwell for her service to civil engineering in Kentucky. She is the first woman to receive the honor, which has been awarded annually since 1966. Bridwell is a Lexington native and a graduate of Lafayette High School. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky and a master's degree in business administration from Xavier University. She is a licensed professional engineer in Kentucky.
■ Kiplinger's Personal Finance has named Centre College in Danville as No. 31 on its list of Best Values in Private Colleges for 2010-11. Kiplinger's ranked the top 100 schools that exemplify excellent academics while keeping their costs to a minimum. The story appears in Kiplinger's December issue and is also available online at Kiplinger.com/links/college.
■ DMD Data Systems has been named Commerce Lexington's 2010 Salute to Small Business Overall Small Business of the Year. Founded by Dave Sevigny, DMD Data Systems is a 14-year-old, employee-owned business serving Lexington, Louisville and Frankfort. Other 2010 Salute to Small Business Award category winners are: Bluegrass Pride, Green Initiative Award winner; Creative Lodging Solutions, Innovation Award winner; Al Torstrick Insurance Agency, Legacy Award winner; TKT & Associates, Minority Business Award winner; Lexington Fayette-Urban County Housing Authority, non-profit award winner; Micah Group Energy & Environmental, Phoenix Award winner; Apax Software, Young Entrepreneur Award winner.
The Downtown Lexington Corp. has announced the winners of the 2010 DLC Awards of Excellence. The awards will be presented 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Lexington. The winners are: Sts. Peter & Paul Schools, Urban Innovation Award; Fifth Third Bank, Landscape and Streetscape Award; LFUCG and Mayor Jim Newberry, Leadership Achievement Award; Austin Sims, Perfect Partner Award; P.G. Peeples, Outstanding Individual Award; The Colt Trolley and Horsemania 2010, Smiley Pete Award.
■ Warren J. Hoffmann, an attorney with Frost Brown Todd's Lexington office, has been named Best Lawyers 2011 Lexington Lawyer of the Year for Energy Law. Hoffmann is the practice group leader for the firm's Natural Resources and Energy Law Practice Area. He practices corporate and commercial law, concentrating on issues affecting the coal and electric utility industries.
■ Key Technology has achieved the Advanced Unified Communications Specialization from Cisco. This specialization recognizes Key Technology as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support comprehensive Cisco Unified Communications solutions.
■ Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center for Rural Development, was honored at the Fourth Annual March of Dimes Testimonial Dinner for his work in helping to improve the lives of the region's citizens in southern and Eastern Kentucky. The event raised more than $25,000 for the local chapter of the March of Dimes.
■ Lexington's 2nd Sunday initiative has been honored by the International Downtown Association. The IDA will present the IDA Merit Award to the Downtown Lexington Corp. at its 2010 annual conference in Fort Worth. Second Sunday is a monthly program during the warmer months in Lexington, with counties across the commonwealth joining in on the second Sunday in October for a statewide day with the theme of getting downtown and getting active.
■ State veterinarian Dr. Robert C. Stout has been named Veterinarian of the Year by the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association. Stout was cited for his work with the animals that came to Kentucky for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Stout was named Kentucky state veterinarian in 2004. He joined the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in 2003 as homeland security coordinator. Stout is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and the veterinary school at Ohio State University. He has been an equine and cattle practitioner in Versailles since 1974.
■ Superior Battery Manufacturing Co., based in Russell Springs, has been awarded the 2010 Kentucky World Trade Center's Governor's Award for International Trade Excellence. The award recognizes Kentucky companies successfully engaged in international trade. According to Randy Hart, president and CEO of Superior Battery, exporting has enabled Superior Battery to move forward despite the economic slowdown. Many of Superior's customers rely on the deep-cycle batteries to supply power through inverters for homes and businesses due to daily power outages. The company has established business contacts and relationships in Canada, Haiti, Columbia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Japan, Chile, Ghana and Kuwait.
■ Thelen Associates has been named Consultant of the Year by the Kentucky Chapter of the American Public Works Association. Thelen was recognized for its work on various public works projects over the past year, including both design and construction review services across the state for new and upgraded water/wastewater systems, transmission lines, conveyance tunnels, landslides, road stabilization and bridge construction.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo