Business Awards

David Hird

■ Architects Krisia Rosa and Graham Pohl of Pohl Rosa Pohl recently accepted the Kentuckiana Masonry Institute's CMU Award of Honor for Raven Run Nature Center. KMI's annual awards program recognizes excellence in masonry design.

Walter C. Cox, a Lexington attorney, has been rated AV Preeminent for 30 years (1981-2011) by Martindale Hubble, the premier source for rating lawyers in the United States. This is the highest peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards. His firm's Web site is

Denise Finn, associate director, purchasing division at the University of Kentucky, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Educational Procurement. The award recognizes purchasing professionals who have provided extraordinary service to their institutions, the higher education community, NAEP and the profession.

Jenny L. Leitch, Staggs & Fisher Consulting Engineers, and Christian Taber, Big Ass Fan Co., have received the Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 40 Under 40 Award. The award is given to 40 building and industry professionals age 40 and younger who stand out in their academic, professional, personal and community achievements.

Bill Mackey, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, has been given the Campbellsville University Leadership Award in recognition of his support of the Christian higher education mission of Campbellsville University.

Meade Concrete Products has been recognized as a 2010 Plant Safety Award winner by the National Concrete Masonry Association and Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute. The Milestone Award was presented to Meade's block plant division for five consecutive years with zero recordable injuries. Meade Concrete Products block plant division, in Nicholasville, has been in business since 1991.

David Hird, a project manager with Gray Construction has been named Young Construction Engineer of the Year by the University of Kentucky Department of Civil Engineering. Hird began working at Gray in 1999 as an intern and was promoted to project manager in 2004. He was named project manager of the year at Gray in 2010.

■ Financial adviser Peter McFarland of Central Bank & Trust in Lexington has been named to Bank Investment Consultant magazine's 2010 Top 50 Bank Reps list. McFarland, a 13-year veteran of the financial industry, manages more than $87 million in assets.

■ The Lexington Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners recently announced the following award winners: Betty Spain, Bella Rose, Winner's Circle Award; Holly Wiedemann, AU Associated, Woman Business Owner of the Year; Nancy Ward, Kentucky Specialty Sauces, NAWBO Member of the Year; Karen Boone, Kreations by Karen, Corporate Partner of the Year; Tom Underwood, Kentucky director for the National Federation of Independent Businesses and director of the Kentucky Small Business Caucus, Public Policy Catalyst winner.

Brett Construction has been named one of the nation's Top 100 Metal Builders of 2010 by Metal Construction News, a trade publication. The Lexington company sold 565 tons of steel in 2010 to rank 56th on the list.

Trifecta, a digital design, development and marketing agency in Lexington, recently won a Gold Addy award for best Business-to-Business Web site in Lexington and a Silver Addy for the same category in a three-state district award ceremony.

Compiled By Dorothea Wingo