■ Perry Allen, U.S. Bank district manager for U.S. Bank in Central Kentucky, Stephanie Owens, branch manager and Chris Tatchell, U.S. Bank mortgage banking officer at U.S. bank's 2020 Nicholasville Road location and Carlos Orihuela, U.S. Bank branch manager at the Hamburg Meijer store at 2155 Paul Jones Way, have won the U.S. Bank's Pinnacle award, the company's highest consumer banking employee achievement honor. In addition, Tatchell was recognized as being among the top one percent of employees throughout the country to win U.S. Bank's Top Tier award.
■ The Big Ass Fan Co. has been named Kentucky Manufacturer of the Year in the mid-size category. Big Ass Fan Co., the worldwide leading manufacturer of large diameter, low speed fans, was previously named Kentucky Manufacturer of the Year in 2006.
■ John Cecil has been named Kentucky Grocer of the Year for 2010 by the Kentucky Grocers Association. Cecil is executive vice president for Food City.
■ Whisky Magazine has named Lawrenceburg-based Four Roses Distillery as the Whisky Distiller of the Year as part of the Icons of Whisky — America Awards. Once the nation's leading bourbon in the 1930s, '40s and '50s, Four Roses was pulled from U.S. distribution by then owner Seagram to market the brand solely overseas. Eight years ago Four Roses returned to the domestic market.
■ Frost Brown Todd partners William (Bill) T. Robinson III and Marshall P. Eldred have been honored by the national Legal Services Corp. for legal assistance and support of programs providing pro bono and other legal services to low-income individuals and families.
■ The Kentucky Distillers' Association recently took home first-place honors in the Kentucky Tourism Council's Traverse Awards the for its Web site that promotes the KDA's Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour of distilleries. KDA launched the Web site, www.kybourbontrail.com, in 2009. The site has had more than 100,000 visitors from all 50 states and 130 countries in the past year.
■ The cities of Lexington, Paducah, Pikeville and Scottsville have been named winners of the Enterprise Cities Award by the Kentucky League of Cities. The Enterprise Cities Awards, given since 1999, go to municipalities in four population categories that have demonstrated entrepreneurship, innovation and excellence in local governance.
■ David Royse, an attorney with Stoll Keenon Ogden, has been named a 2010 Rising Star by the Lexington Young Professionals Association. LYPA's annual Rising Star program honors individuals age 40 and under that positively affect the Lexington community through service and achievement. Royse, 37, is a member of the firm's business litigation practice and has been appointed as a Special Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court.
■ U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released their inaugural Best Law Firms ranking and Stites & Harbison has placed in the top 25 of all U.S. law firms. In the ranking, almost 9,000 law firms in 81 practice areas were evaluated. Stites & Harbison is a regional business and litigation firm with attorneys in Louisville, Frankfort and Lexington, as well as other states.
■ Stephen L. Barker, an attorney with Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, has been named Lexington Best Lawyers Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year for 2011 by Best Lawyers, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession.
■ Gray Construction has been selected by Caterpillar to construct a new 850,000-square-foot state-of-the-art LEED Certified manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the machining, assembly, test and painting of axle assemblies for large mining machines. Gray is ranked sixth among U.S. top manufacturing contractors.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo