■ Tim S. Jenkins of Keystone Financial Group, a locally owned and operated financial planning and investment firm, has earned his Certified Financial Planner designation.
■ Judges from the American Wine Society awarded five medals to wines from Jessamine County's Chrisman Mill Vineyards at the recent Kentucky Derby Festival Wine Competition. The winery's Vidal Blanc won a gold medal, First Vineyard Reserve and Sweet Riverbend Red won silver medals, and Sweet Jessamine Rose and Traminette won bronze medals. The judges sampled 121 wines overall from 17 wineries in Kentucky and Indiana.
■ Gwen R. Pinson, an attorney in the Lexington office of Stoll Keenon Ogden, has been selected to participate in the Leadership Kentucky class of 2011. She was one of 62 people selected statewide.
■ Republic Bancorp has been named one of the best performing banks in the United States. The parent of Republic Bank & Trust Co. and Republic Bank has been ranked fourth on the 2010 list of top-performing publicly traded financial institutions. The company was ranked ninth in 2009.
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■ The Kentucky Distillers' Association has installed Bill Samuels Jr. as a lifetime honorary member of its board of directors, a title held by only four other people in the group's 131-year history. Samuels is the board's longest-serving member since its founding in 1880. He joined the board in 1968 as the distillery's alternate director under his father, T. William Samuels Sr., the last person to be named a lifetime honorary member (1982). The elder Samuels founded Marker's Mark in 1953 and served on the KDA board for 28 years. He died in 1992.
■ Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky has announced $87,500 in funding to five Kentucky non-profit programs focused on improving the environment and raising "green" literacy in Kentucky. Grant recipients are: The Nature Conservancy ($17,500), Bluegrass Conservancy ($10,000), Kentucky Habitat for Humanity ($15,000), Louisville Zoo ($30,000) and Kentucky Division of Forestry ($15,000).
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo