■ Jon Fleischaker, a partner in Dinsmore's Louisville office, has been awarded the Goehler First Amendment Defender Award by the Society of Professional Journalists. This award was established by Regions 4 and 5 of the SPJ in 2011 to honor the work and memory of Cincinnati attorney Dick Goehler in defending the First Amendment rights of journalists and citizens. Regions 4 and 5 of the SPJ include Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.
Fleischaker has more than 40 years of experience in media law and First Amendment cases and is actively involved in the representation of newspapers and broadcasters dealing with publication issues. He has been the most visible attorney in Kentucky in dealing with First Amendment concerns. Fleischaker is the only non-journalist ever inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.
■ Dr. Peter Zajac, has been designated a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Zajac is an associate professor of family medicine and director of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Clinical Skills Training and Evaluation Program. He also provides clinical services through KYCOM's affiliation with Pikeville Medical Center.
■ NetGain Technologies, a regional IT provider, has been ranked among the best in their industry in both services on the MSPmentor 100 Global Edition and technical expertise on CRN's Tech Elite 250.
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The MSPmentor 100 Global Edition recognizes IT services providers based on a range of metrics. Companies recognized in CRN's 2012 Tech Elite 250 invest heavily in training and education needed to earn technical certifications.
This is NetGain Technologies' third consecutive year on the MSPmentor 100 list and their first appearance on CRN's 2012 List of Tech Elite 250. You can find the MSPmentor 100 list at Mspmentor.net/top-100-msps and CRN's 2012 "Tech Elite 250" list in the February issue of CRN Magazine and online at Crn.com. Find out more at NetGainIT.com.
■ Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has been named "Person of the Year" by the national economic development publication Southern Business & Development magazine.
The magazine's winter 2012 issue cited Beshear's leadership in economic development and his ability to get past partisanship to accomplish his goals. It also marks the first time a governor has been named Person of the Year by the publication.
Southern Business & Development and its affiliated Web sites: SB-D.com, SouthernAutoCorridor.com, SmallTownSouth.com and RandleReport.com, report on economic development issues and opportunities in the South.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo