■ Stephen L. Barker, a partner with Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Henry T. Duncan Award, the highest honor given by the Fayette County Bar Association in recognition of a member's professional service. Barker, a Lexington native, has been a trial lawyer for more than 30 years. He was recently recognized by Best Lawyers as Lexington's 2011 Lawyer of the Year in the area of labor and employment law.
■ Linda Bridwell, director of water quality and environmental compliance for Kentucky American Water, has been awarded the 2011 Lyle V.A. Sendelin Award for Water Practice by the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute. The award recognizes Bridwell for the leadership and dedication she has demonstrated in addressing Central Kentucky's water supply deficit.
■ Three U.S. banks have been recognized by Bloomberg Markets magazine for being named in the top 20 of the Bloomberg's World Strongest Banks listing: Fifth Third Bancorp (No. 7), JP Morgan Chase, (No. 14) and Citigroup (No. 16).
■ Pearse Lyons Reserve claimed the bronze medal in the single malt whiskey category at the America Distilling Institute's Craft Distilling Conference in Portland, Ore., in April. Distilled in dual copper-pot stills from Scotland, Pearse Lyons Reserve is produced at Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., which has been crafting award-winning beers since 2000. Tours of the plant are available at 401 Cross Street at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.
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■ Nisshin Automotive Tubing in Versailles has been awarded a 2011 Safety Award of Honor from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International. The award recognizes companies that have perfect safety records of no recordable injuries or illnesses for the reporting period.
■ Karen Seevers of Georgetown received the Waste Equipment Technology Association's Employee of the Year Award for Sales and Marketing. Seevers is an inside sales manager for E-Z Pack. She began her career with the company in 1970. WASTEC is the non-profit trade association serving for-profit manufacturers and distributors in the solid and medical-waste recycling and disposal industry.
■ Lexington ophthalmologist Dr. William J. Wood recently visited Saudi Arabia at the request of Johns Hopkins University to further its partnership with the country's largest eye hospital.
Wood, a retina physician and surgeon with Retina Associates of Kentucky, joined Dr. Peter J. McDonnell, chairman of Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute, during the visit to the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh in March.
"I was pleased to be able to participate in the evolving collaboration," said Wood. "This initiative combined the tremendous resources and expertise of both institutions to forge a new level of excellence in international ophthalmology."
After his visit, Wood lectured on how to avoid blindness in April at Lyford Cay, Bahamas, as part of a series featuring renowned presenters from the arts, medicine and business.
Wood's colleague Dr. Thomas Stone also recently returned from a medical mission trip overseas to Laos and Thailand. Stone educated local surgeons on new procedures and advised them on what equipment and facilities would be needed to advance their treatment of eye diseases.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo