Business Awards

Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech, and Jim Host, founder of Host Communications, have been named recipients of Commonwealth Legacy Awards from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. On. Feb. 3, the chamber will honor Lyons and Host during a reception and banquet at the Bluegrass Ballroom of the Lexington Center. The Kentucky Chamber Commonwealth Legacy Award Dinner is open to the public. To register, visit

Lifeline Home Health of Fayette has been named to the 2010 HomeCare Elite, a listing of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. The 2010 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has received the Better Life Government Involvement Award at the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities annual meeting in Louisville. The award is given to an individual who has made caring for the elderly a priority at the state of federal level. Beshear was recognized for his concern for the elderly and emphasizing the pursuit of quality care.

■ Insurance & Technology magazine has named Kelly Hall, Kentucky Farm Bureau vice president of information technology, to its list of 2010 Elite 8 honorees. The distinction is given annually to eight insurance carrier senior technology executives across the property/casualty, life and health insurance industries. Hall was recognized for the success she has had in her three and half years with the company, including the rollout of new Web-based policy and claims administration systems.

Kentucky American Water's water treatment plant in Owenton has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Area-Wide Optimization Program award for 2009 from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. The distinction recognizes facilities that reduce the amount of turbidity (cloudiness) in the water to levels below what is required by state and federal regulations, which helps to protect consumers from waterborne diseases.

Brandi Mahon, a Realtor with Keller Williams Bluegrass Realty, has been named a member of the Certified Default Resolution Specialist Program, a national network of licensed real estate professionals that are equipped to help educate homeowners about their options to avoid foreclosure.

■ The Kentucky CCIM Chapter has recognized three chapter members from Lexington who recently earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation from the CCIM Institute, one of the leading commercial real estate associations in the world. Awarded the designation were: Eric Brewer, White/Reach; Lesli Lawrence and Shannon Yates, Anderson Communities.

Ron Hustedde, director of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute, has been named the winner of the 2010 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award in the not-for-profit entity as one of the region's top entrepreneurs in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. Hustedde also serves on the faculty of the University of Kentucky Department of Community and Leadership.

Sarah Warner, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass, has been named the third Lexington Athena recipient of the year. Under her direction, the organization is one of the top non-profit organizations in the commonwealth, and a Global exemplary Ronald McDonald House.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo