■ United Way of the Bluegrass president Bill Farmer has received the Beech Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina. The award recognizes outstanding African-American alumni who are leaders within the university community and/or within their local communities. Farmer was one of only four recipients of the award and the only non-North Carolina resident.
■ For the second consecutive year, Frost Brown Todd has been named to the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2011-2012 best law firms list. The firm placed in the top 20 firms in the nation and had the most first-tier metropolitan rankings.
■ Robert E. Maclin, a partner in the Lexington office of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, has received an AV Martindale-Hubble Peer Review Rating. An AV Preeminent certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment, showing that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
■ Lexington-based firm Roland Legal has again been recognized for its workers' compensation blog, OUCH! For the fourth consecutive year, Lexis Nexis has ranked OUCH! as one of its top 25 workers' compensation blogs. Roland Legal is a virtual workers' compensation law firm serving clients throughout the state. Marcus A. Roland is the firm's managing partner. For more information, go to Rolandlegal.com.
■ The Renfro Valley KOA Campground has been awarded the 2011 KOA President's and Founder's Awards by Kampgrounds of America, the world's largest system of family friendly campgrounds. The KOA awards are presented annually to campgrounds that receive high scores in customer service from their campers, and also receive top scores in KOA's annual quality review. KOA surveys hundreds of thousands of campers each year about their KOA camping experiences.
■ Gribbins Insulation has been named one of America's Safest Companies by EHS Today, a magazine dedicated to the management of risk in the workplace and environment. Gribbins Insulation is based in Indiana but has an office in Lexington.
■ BAE Systems, based in McKee, recently produced its 15 millionth modular lightweight load carrying equipment component, or MOLLE. It is comprised of an array of pockets, pouches and backpacks worn by soldiers worldwide to carry mission-critical equipment. MOLLEs have been manufactured in McKee for more than 14 years.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo