■ First Southern Bancorp Inc., parent company of First Southern National Bank, recently ranked 90th on SNL Financial's annual list of the Best Performing Community Banks in the United States for 2010. This milestone is the first time in the bank's 28-year history that it has made the list.
First Southern has offices in Central and Western Kentucky including locations in Ballard, Caldwell, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Logan, Madison, Pulaski, Wayne and Warren counties.
■ GRW, an engineering, architecture and planning firm based in Lexington, has been ranked in its fields by two nationally recognized industry trade journals:
Architectural Record's 2011 list of the Top 250 Architecture Firms ranks GRW at 180. GRW is the only Kentucky-based firm on the list.
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Engineering News-Record named GRW to its list of the Top 100 Green Design Firms.
■ J. Steven Gardner was one of five alumni honored with induction into the University of Kentucky Engineering Hall of Distinction recently. This recognition is bestowed on alumni who have demonstrated distinguished professional accomplishments, outstanding character and commitment to community service. Gardner completed a bachelor's in agricultural engineering and a master's in mining engineering at UK. He serves as president/chief executive of ECSI, LLC, a Lexington-based civil, environmental and mining engineering and land surveying company.
compiled by camille weber