Business Awards

Bates Security, a division of Sonitrol of Lexington, claimed several awards at this year's Honeywell/First Alert Professional Dealer Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz. Bates won the dealer of the year award, marketing excellence award, sales leader of the year award (presented to Bryan Bates, sales manager), community service award, life safety award, technical award, circle of excellence award and the 10-year club award.

Lexmark International has been named a managed print services leader in 2011 by IT research firm IDC's recent MPS MarketScape report, which analyzes the competitive fitness of companies providing managed print services. IDC's multi-vendor study showed that Lexmark earned high marks on its MPS strategy and capabilities, particularly in customer service, operational execution and go-to-market approach.

■ Unified Trust Co. founder and president Dr. Gregory Kasten has been recognized for excellence in financial planning. In its December issue, Research Magazine named Kasten to its Adviser Hall of Fame. Kasten, the author of the book Retirement Success, began his career in Lexington as a practicing anesthesiologist in the mid-1980s. Kasten was dissatisfied with his practice's financial plan and found a new passion as he researched ways to improve it. His efforts led him to create a small business called Health Financial in the basement of his house in 1985. Today, the company, now Unified Trust Co., is a nationally chartered trust company with 95 employees and more than $2.7 billion assets under management.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo