Business awards: Week of Feb. 3

Jonah Mitchell
Jonah Mitchell

Jonah Mitchell has been named the 2013 Realtor of the Year by the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors. This award is designed to give recognition to Realtors who have served not only their profession, but also their communities. Don Ball has been named the winner of the 2013 Good Neighbor award, which recognizes Realtors who are improving the lives of others through volunteer work.

■ The founding Catholic Charities Board of Directors and a Catholic Charities employee are winners of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington's 2014 Sister Fran Moore Award. To be honored are the 15 individuals who, 25 years ago, nurtured the agency during its transition from a branch office of Covington's Catholic Charities to an independent entity following the creation of the Diocese of Lexington. The founding board members include Joan Gaines, Peter Ecabert, Frank P. Kromer Jr., Barbara Markesbery, Rev. Robert Nieberding, Dr. Jacqueline Noonan, Jerry O'Daniel, Rev. Paul Prabell, George Rabe, Dorothy Swintosky, as well as the late: William E. Cotter, Robert H. Hillenmeyer, Joan Lassanske, Rita McMahon and Connie Wilson. The other SFM honoree is Catholic Charities employee Gwen Hall, who marks a quarter century of employment with the agency this year. Hall, a licensed clinical social worker, manages the CCDL's Prestonsburg office.

A dinner to honor the award recipients will be Feb. 20 in Hehman Hall at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Cost to attend the awards dinner is $40 per person. To purchase tickets, contact Cindy Mitchell at Catholic Charities, (859) 253-1993, Ext. 214, or go to

■ Local veterinarian practice manager Jessica Hicks of Village Animal Hospital has been chosen as one of three finalists for Petplan pet insurance's 2014 Practice Manager of the Year Award. Petplan, a company that insures nearly 150,000 dogs and cats across the country, picked the three finalists from a field of more than 3,100 nominations submitted by pet owners across the country.

Hicks was selected for improving her community and aiming to better the veterinary industry for both pets and pet owners. She has recently obtained her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager certificate, making her one of two CVPMs in Kentucky.

The 2014 Vet Award finalists and a guest will be flown to Las Vegas to attend the Petplan Veterinary Excellence Awards dinner on Feb. 16, where the winner will be announced.

Dave Gibson of Lexington, a master farrier and blacksmith, has been inducted into the Brotherhood of Working Farriers Association's 2013 Farriers' Hall of Fame. Gibson was the second professional farrier hired by the Kentucky Horse Park, just after 1994 inductee, farrier Shorty Roberts. Gibson continues to work at the KHP. Read more about Gibson at

Kentucky Cattlemen's Association has inducted the following into the 2014 KCA Hall of Fame: Scotty Parsons, Region 1, Christian County; C.F. Martin Jr., Region 2, Hart County; Don Sorrell, Region 3, Campbell County; Mike Gabbard, Region 4, Montgomery County; and Robert Vickery, Region 5, Wayne County.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo