■ David Morris, president of Modern Systems received two awards from Honeywell the weekend of Nov. 3 at Connect 2012 in Hollywood, Fla. The Marketing Achievement Award and Technical Achievement Award acknowledge outstanding technician and sales rep training and marketing achievements over the last year.
Modern Systems has serviced Kentucky and surrounding states for more than 30 years, installing security and fire alarms, home theater, Control 4 automation, entrance gates and camera systems.
The company has offices in Somerset, Lexington and Bowling Green. For information, visit Modernsystemsinc.com or call 1-800-252-7664.
■ Irish-born entrepreneur Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, has received the Ireland-U.S. Council's Award for Outstanding Achievement for strengthening economic ties between the United States and Ireland.
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The annual award honoring an individual who has enhanced business relationships between the two countries was the highlight of the council's 50th annual dinner, held Nov. 8 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.
A native of Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, Lyons was praised for his work to establish economic bonds with Ireland as the leader of Alltech, a global animal health and nutrition company headquartered in Nicholasville.
■ Dean C. Durbin, an engineer with Lexington-based Consulting Services, has achieved the certification of Master of Special Inspections from the International Code Council. He is the first person to hold both a Professional Engineer's License in Kentucky and Master of Special Inspections Certification from ICC.
Dean has ICC certifications in: Structural Masonry Special Inspector, Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector, Structural Steel & Bolting Special Inspector, Structural Steel & Welding Special Inspector, and Master of Special Inspections.
■ The Kentucky Distillers' Association received seven awards, including four first-place honors and the coveted Most Innovative prize, at a recent gala to honor the state's best tourism campaigns in 2012.
The awards were first place, Kentucky Bourbon Trail brochure; first place, KDA "Barrel Strength" brochure; first place, KDA print advertisement; first place, Kentucky Bourbon Trail stave shot glass display; second place, Kentucky Bourbon Trail t-shirt; honorable mention, Kentucky Bourbon Trail mini barrel.
For information about the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, visit Kybourbontrail.com.
■ The Kentucky Association of Realtors, one of the state's largest professional associations, presented several awards to Realtors across the commonwealth during the 90th Annual KAR Convention in Covington.
Jim Sewell, an agent with Century 21 Commonwealth in Frankfort, has been named KAR's 2012 Realtor of the Year. The 2012 KAR Distinguished Service Award was presented to Jayne Cox, a broker for Jayne Cox & Associates. Art Reed, a broker associate in Florence and developer and instructor of various real estate courses across the country for the past 40 years, has been named the 2012 Nat Sanders Educator of the Year.
The 2012 Community Service Awards, given to Realtor associations on the local level that improve the quality of life in their communities, were presented to three local Realtor associations based on membership numbers; small, medium and large. The award in the large category went to the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors for its work with the Kosair Children's Hospital. In the medium category, the Realtor Association of Southern Kentucky won for its involvement with several projects including the American Red Cross, the Angel Food Ministry and the Realtors Hope for the Homeless event. For its work with the Realtor Military Appreciation Picnic, the Hopkinsville-Christian & Todd County Association of Realtors won the award in the small category.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo