■ Jean R. Hale, chairman, president, and CEO of Community Trust Bancorp, has been honored by American Banker magazine as one of the nation's "25 Most Powerful Women in Banking." The 10th annual ranking is published online at AmericanBanker.com/women-in-banking and is featured in the October 2012 issue of American Banker Magazine.
Hale will receive the award at an event on Oct. 16 at an awards ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
■ Jackson Kelly attorney Bill Doll has been honored with the Outstanding Layperson of the Year Award during the Kentucky Medical Association Annual Meeting for his work on behalf of the medical industry — advocating for tort reform, leading efforts to adopt patient protection legislation and fighting to pass a more balanced piece of legislation regarding prescription drug abuse. KMA annually presents the Layperson Award to a non-physician to recognize outstanding accomplishment in the field of public health or medical care and the award is one of the highest honors the association presents.
Doll is a member of the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group in the firm's Lexington office.
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■ Lexington-based A&W Restaurant was named the fourth best burger chain in the nation in Market Force Information survey of American consumers. Market Force polled 7,600 people in August asking them to identify their favorite restaurant chains in six categories. Five Guys finished first with 3.6 percent of the indexed favorite vote, In-N-Out was second with 2.9 percent, followed by Fuddruckers with 2.4 percent, A&W with 1.8 percent and Smashburger with 1.4 percent.
■ Alltech has opened a $9.2 million distillery, the first to be built in Lexington in more than 100 years, next to the company's brewery at the corner of Maxwell and Cross Streets. It is believed to be one of only a few sites in the world with both a distillery and brewery.
The building, built with Kentucky limestone, will be the production site for Alltech's Town Branch Bourbon, Pearse Lyons Reserve malt whiskey and bourbon-infused coffee drink, Bluegrass Sundown.
In September, the distillery became the seventh member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Public tours will be available seven days a week. For details, visit Kentuckyale.com.
■ The Kentucky Regional Extension Center has honored seven regional health care practices and a critical access hospital leading the movement toward an electronic health information network with the Meaningful Use Vanguard Awards.
Recipients of the awards were recognized Sept. 18 during the 5th Annual Kentucky eHealth Summit in Lexington, sponsored by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Governor's Office of Electronic Health Information. The summit connected providers, executives, IT professionals and other health care representatives in discussions about the future of health information technology.
MUVer awards applaud health care providers and hospitals that are progressing with the adoption of electronic health record technology through participation in the Meaningful Use Incentive Program. Established by the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT in 2009, the Meaningful Use Incentive Program provides federal funding for hospitals and providers that demonstrate the use of EHR technology in a way that can be measured in quality and quantity. Participants in the Incentive Program must attest to standards of EHR use identified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The following were named 2012 MUVers: Health First of the Bluegrass, Lexington; EyeMax, Lexington; Hometown Family Care, Prestonburg; Wayne County Hospital, Monticello; Big Sandy Healthcare. Prestonburg; Women First of Louisville; Oncology Associates of Western Kentucky, Paducah; and Huffman and Huffman, London.
■ Six Stoll Keenon Ogden attorneys in the firm's Lexington office have been recognized by Best Lawyers as a 2013 "Lawyer of the Year." The attorneys and their respective areas of practice are as follows: Joe Beavin, Employee Benefits Law; Perry Bentley, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants; Rick Griffith, Employment Law-Management; Bill Lear, Litigation-Real Estate; Doug Romaine, Tax Law; Larry Sykes, Labor Law-Management.
Only one lawyer in each practice from each community can be honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.
■ Four Bingham Greenebaum Doll attorneys from the law firm's Lexington office have been named a 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" by the The Best Lawyers in America. The attorneys who were honored include: Carolyn M. Brown, Environmental Law; Anne A. Chesnut, Litigation — Environmental; Bruce E. Cryder, Energy Law; and Job D. (Darby) Turner, Real Estate Law.
■ Total Quality Logistics has been named to Food Logistics Magazine's list of the Top 100 3PL & Cold Storage Providers. TQL is a provider of transportation logistics services, with food and beverage shipments representing almost half of the 500,000 loads the company arranged last year. Food Logistics is a publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the food supply chain.
TQL's roots are in the produce industry, dating back to 1997. The company served primarily as a transportation provider to the produce industry before expanding its services to include refrigerated and dry commodities.
The company is based in Milford, Ohio, and has an office at 2716 Old Rosebud Road in Lexington.
■ Two favorites from the Barton 1792 Distillery were recently awarded medals during the New York Bar and Restaurant Show at the 2nd Annual New York World Wine and Spirits Competition.
1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon won a silver medal, and Kentucky Tavern Bourbon won a bronze medal. Both of these bourbons have had a spectacular year as far as awards go, earning medals as well in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
A distinguished panel of judges at the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition made their selections from more than 400 entries.
Complete results of the 2012 NYWW&SC can be found at Thebarandrestaurantshow.com and Nyworldwineandspiritscompetition.com.
Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands of Kentucky, with facilities in Bardstown, Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. To learn more about the distillery visit 1792bourbon.com.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo