Business Awards

Walter A. Ward
Walter A. Ward

■ Distinguished Young Women of Kentucky presented Adrienne Grizzell with its ATHENA Leadership Award on Nov. 6 at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown Hotel. Grizzell is the owner of Management Inc., formed in 1999 to serve non-profit organizations by providing administration, fund-raising, financial management, meeting planning and board development.

Grizzell was honored as an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in her career, service to her community and, most importantly, actively assists women to achieve their full leadership potential within their professional lives.

Founded nearly 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women's leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers.

Michelle Meehan, a professional engineer with Stantec's Lexington office, has been recognized as the Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year by the Kentucky Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award is presented by the section to a younger member of ASCE (age 35 or younger) who is active in ASCE at the local leadership level and has demonstrated outstanding service and/or dedication to their local branch.

At Stantec, Meehan works in the environmental services practice, providing civil engineering design for a variety of water resources and infrastructure projects.

■ For the second consecutive year and the third time in five years, Four Roses Distillery has been named Whisky Distiller of the Year — America by Whisky Magazine's international judging panel.

In March, Four Roses will compete as American Distiller of the Year against winners of the equivalent award in Scotland and other countries.

In addition to the 2012 Whisky Distiller of the Year — America award, Four Roses also received a Highly Commended award for the Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year — 2012 based on the private barrel selection program that enables retailers to sample from each of Four Roses' 10 unique recipes in selecting their own barrel of bourbon to be bottled specifically for their restaurant, bar or package store. The barrels range in age from 8 to 10 years, and once a selection is made, the bourbon is bottled at barrel strength.

For more information on Four Roses, go to

Stites & Harbison has ranked within the top 1 percent of surveyed firms based on metropolitan first-tier rankings. Of the legal practice areas based in Kentucky, Stites & Harbison earned 50 metropolitan first-tier rankings, the highest number in the state. Rankings are available at

Group CJ received first-place awards for its "Bluegrass Exclusive" campaign on behalf of Lexington and Berea. The agency won for micro Web site ( and social media eblast campaign. It received a second-place award for a full-color, four-page insert running in The New York Times and Cincinnati Enquirer.

Group CJ also won awards for Berea Tourism's print campaign surrounding the launch of the Festival of Learnshops, a two-week festival of art, garden and culinary classes taught by craftsmen and regional professionals; for Berea's "Where Art's Alive" campaign supporting annual festivals; and for Berea holiday TV spots highlighting handmade gifts.

■ The Best Lawyers in America 2012 has ranked the following Lexington attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" in their practice areas: Walter A. Ward, Ward, Hocker & Thornton, compensation law — employers; Chauncey S.R. Curtz, Dinsmore & Shohl, mining law; Barbara B. Edelman, Dinsmore & Shohl, appellate practice; Linsey W. West, Dinsmore & Shohl, product liability litigation — defendants; Robert M. Beck Jr., Stites & Harbison, mergers and acquisitions law; John M. Famularo, Stites & Harbison, personal injury litigation — defendants; Buckner Hinkle Jr., Stites & Harbison, construction law; Mark Overstreet, Stites & Harbison, administrative/regulatory law; Gregory P. Parsons, Stites & Harbison, litigation — construction.

Sandra G. Dingus of Paintsville, owner of Drug Testing Centers of America, was awarded the 2011 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award in the start-up business category on Oct. 31. Dingus started her business, which offers pre- employment drug and alcohol screening services, in 2007 in Paintsville. Today, the company also has offices in Charleston, W.Va., and Pennsdale, Pa. The EIEA awards program was established in 2001 to recognize excellence in entrepreneurs who demonstrate exceptional achievements in southern and Eastern Kentucky.

OfficeWare has been named one of the country's Elite Dealers for 2011 by The Week in Imaging, an online news and information source serving the imaging solutions and office equipment industry. The award is presented annually to the top office equipment dealers in the United States.

Amedisys Home Health in Danville has been named to the 2011 HomeCare Elite for the second time. Now in its sixth year, the HomeCare Elite is a compilation of the top performing health agencies in the United States The complete list of 2011 HomeCare Elite agencies can be found at

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo