Business Awards

Katie Ellis, program and administrative coordinator for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, has been recognized as the 2010 National New Professional by the Community Development Society. The award is presented in acknowledgement of superior contribution to the field of community development and the society. Before joining the foundation earlier this year, the Danville native served as program coordinator for the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute at the University of Kentucky.

The Lexington Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals has been named a Gold Medal of Honor winner in the Society's 2009-10 Excellence in Chapter Achievement program. The award recognizes chapters that excel at building a strong local organization and providing exceptional support to the national society.

Inc. magazine has recognized Micah Group Energy & Environmental as No. 527 on its third annual Inc. 5000, a ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. Micah Group is an established HUBZone Certified Small Business Concern based in Lexington. The firm's founder and president, Aaron Jamison, started the firm in 1998 to provide quality soil and groundwater assessment, environmental construction and demolition and remediation services. Today, the company has expanded its offerings to include building health and optimization and energy alternatives, including energy audits, solar and green roof installations, and coal optimization.

Landscape designer Richard J. Weber with Springhouse Gardens in Nicholasville has received a Perennial Plant Association Landscape Design Merit Award. His winning design involved the redesign of a plain rectangular backyard. The judges cited the exceptional continuity and visual interest of the design.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo