Business Awards

Wildcat Harley-Davidson has been recognized for the third year in a row for excellence in powersports with the 2012 Dealernews Top 100 Award. The Dealernews Top 100 Award is the longest-running and most prestigious award in the powersports retailer industry. Winners are chosen based on quality in retail design and merchandising, e-commerce, customer service, community involvement, and general business management. For more information on Wildcat Harley-Davidson call (606) 862-5656 or visit

KET's Kentucky Life has received the 2011 Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission's Biological Diversity Protection Award. The award recognizes the series for providing "the highest form of environmental education to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky." The award specifically recognizes Kentucky Life host and producer Dave Shuffett and series producer Brandon Wickey for their work.

Buffalo Trace Distillery capped off 2011 with two prestigious wins from Whisky Magazine at its annual Icons of Whisky America 2012 luncheon held late last year in Louisville. Buffalo Trace was named "American Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year" for its single oak project, and Elmer T. Lee was named "American Whisky Ambassador of the Year." The event honored American distilleries and their work over the last year. Buffalo Trace Distillery will go on to compete in these two categories against distilleries from around the world. The world winners will be announced at Whisky Magazine's World Whiskies Awards to be held in London, England, in March.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo