Business awards: Week of April 29

Michael Drury

The Professional Picture Framer's Association has awarded Michael Drury, co-owner of South Hill Gallery, the Master Certified Professional Framer designation. Drury joins only one other framer in Kentucky and 60 framers worldwide who have attained the highest level of expertise measured by the PPFA.

Drury, along with his wife Letha, participates in local and national frame design competitions, as well as hosts local PPFA Chapter meetings at South Hill Gallery. Michael Drury was elected to the national Board of Directors of the PPFA in January 2013.

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Dr. Thomas Stone, partner and retina special with Retina Associates of Kentucky, has recently been named the 2013 Editor of the Preferences and Trends Survey of the American Society of Retina Specialists. Since 1999, the Preferences and Trend Survey has measured the member retina specialists' preferences on a wide range of topics, including: surgical techniques, instrumentation, pharmaceuticals, practice structure, common retinal diseases and socioeconomic issues. ASRS represents retina specialists in the U.S. and 55 countries.

Women Leading Kentucky has named three winners of the Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award for 2013: Jean Hale, chairman/president and CEO of Community Trust Bancorp, Pikeville; Lindy Karns, CPA and director of Blue & Co., Lexington; Vickie Yates Brown, president and CEO of Nucleus: Kentucky's Innovation Parks, Louisville. The winners will receive their award at the 14th Annual Women's Business and Leadership Conference May 2 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort.

The awards luncheon program will also include Poet Nikky Finney, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Head Off & Split. She will receive the Women Leading Kentucky Award for Excellence, a new award created for Finney.

Tickets for the full-day event are $175 and include the luncheon. Lunch-only tickets are $55. Register at

Bingham Greenebaum Doll has been selected as the mid-market winner of the 2013 Corporate INTL Magazine Legal Award for Business Law - Law Firm of the Year in Kentucky and Corporate Tax Law Firm of the Year in Kentucky.

With nine tax attorneys in Kentucky, Bingham Greenebaum Doll Tax and Finance Practice Group offers transactional tax work, advocacy and reparation work.

The Cabinet for Economic Development has awarded $100,000 in prize money to university students who developed plans for 18 new Kentucky companies during a two-day student competition at the sixth annual "Idea State U" event held at Lexington Center.

More than 50 students participated, comprising six teams of graduate students and 12 teams of undergraduates from Kentucky's public universities.

The top award of $35,000 was presented to Southern Kentucky Sock Co., a graduate student plan by Western Kentucky University student Kyle O'Donnell. The business venture plans to create a direct-to-consumer, all-natural sock company with manufacturing in Kentucky. The socks would include computer-readable "QR codes" sewn directly into the socks, which would make online reorders of each customer's specific size and style simple and convenient.

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Compiled by Dorothea Wingo