■ Annissa Franklin, office manager of the Urban League of Lexington - Fayette County, is one of 20 people selected nationwide to participate in the National Urban League's Emerging Leaders program. The ELP takes place over a 12-month period and exposes participants to the Urban League's Competency Model, which includes:
business fundamentals, leadership development and coaching, fund-raising and public relations, decision-making, and strategic planning.
The first meeting of the selected leaders begins Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Attendees will participate in the National Urban League's Legislative Policy Conference and spend two days shadowing presidents and CEOs as they advocate on behalf of Urban League affiliates.
■ CNN International has named visiting the distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour as one of the "10 Classic American Experiences."
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Created by the Kentucky Distillers Association in 1999, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour features six distilleries, each offering a unique and educational experience on crafting the world's finest Bourbon: Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve.
The CNN feature also chronicled American institutions such as jazz, rodeos, and barbecue. To read the CNN article, visit: Cnngo.com/explorations/escape/usa/10-quintessentialamerican-experiences-406346.
For more information about the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, visit Kybourbontrail.com.
■ University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics Ph.D. graduate Dinesh Mirchandani recently received the Douglas E. Durand Award for Research Excellence during the 41st annual Honors Program presented by the University of Missouri-St. Louis' College of Business Administration.
Mirchandani is regarded as an expert on information systems planning, enterprise systems and e-government. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters.
■ Signal 88 Security, a security company with franchise offices in more than 30 states, including Kentucky, that offers patrol, guard and virtual monitoring services, has been ranked No. 8 in the Services category on Franchise Business Review's 2012 Top Franchises list for franchisee satisfaction.
The award is based on a survey of more than 10,000 franchisees representing more than 300 franchise brands. It is the only one of its kind in the industry that recognizes businesses based on what they do for their franchisees and how satisfied franchisees are.
Founded by former law enforcement officers in 2003, Signal 88 (Signal88.com) has established more than 70 franchises.
Signal 88 employs a staff of law enforcement and community-based security personnel who specialize in patrol, security and self-defense training, emergency response, virtual monitoring, and asset tracking and recovery.
■ Joanne Moore Wallen of Nicholasville has been named Professional Team Registry Newcomer of the Year. The announcement was made last week during the 2012 PTR International Tennis Symposium at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando.
Wallen, a native of England, began playing tennis at four years old, and later became one of the country's top junior players. In 1988, she came to the United States on a scholarship to the Bollettieri Tennis Academy. That same year, Wallen signed with sports marketing giant IMG, the youngest player ever to do so at the time.
She played for 14 years on the International Tennis Federation and Women's Tennis Association tours, winning 15 events.
In 2005, Wallen began working at Lexington Tennis Club as director of junior development. She was promoted to general manager in 2009. Today, Wallen oversees the club's daily operations and directs its junior programs.
In 2010, Wallen helped one of her students start Smart Shots, a United States Tennis Association/National Junior Tennis & Learning program that provides inner-city children the opportunity to learn tennis. She also helps arrange young mentors from Lexington Tennis Club to help the youth of Smart Shots with tennis and homework. Last year, Wallen joined PTR and headed the effort to certify her entire professional staff in PTR Junior Development.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo