Business awards: Nov. 23

▪ Angela Evans, an attorney in McBrayer’s Lexington office and an LFUCG Council Member for the Sixth District, has been awarded Emerge America’s Emerging Leader Award. Emerge America's mission is to increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training and providing a powerful network. Angela is a graduate of the 2013 Emerge Kentucky class and was one of six nominees in this category.

▪  Kentucky Nonprofit Network‘s Executive Director, Danielle Clore has been named a finalist for the Excellence in Advocacy Award by the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference. As one of three finalists selected in the State Issue Campaign category, Clore was among 130 nominees who traveled to Washington, D.C. Nov. 16 for the awards ceremony.

Clore was nominated for the award by David L. Thompson, vice president of public policy with the National Council of Nonprofits. "Danielle's selection as a finalist is a reflection of her strategy of building on the work of KNN's colleague state associations and tailoring the KNN advocacy efforts to provide meaningful solutitions for the Commonwealth, its residents and the nonprofits providing vital services in every Kentucky community every day," said Thompson.

For more information about the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, visit

▪ Four individuals have been inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, which celebrates the stories of Kentucky's most successful entrepreneurs. The mission is to raise awareness of the impact that entrepreneurship has made in the Commonwealth and to encourage others to pursue similar ambitious endeavors.

2015 Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductees:

George Garvin Brown, Brown-Forman. In 1870 George Garvin Brown founded what would become Brown-Forman. Brown-Forman is traded on the NYSE with a current market cap of $23.45B. Today Brown- Forman employs more than 4,000 people worldwide with about 1,000 located in Louisville.

Jim Patterson, Pattco LLC. In 1969, Patterson became the first president of Long John Silver's, a carry out fish restaurant. Today, the popular chain has 1,200 stores nationwide.

Jim Thornton, founder and chair of Thornton Oil Corp. now Thorntons Inc. With headquarters in Louisville, Thorntons ranks No. 250 among Forbes magazine’s 500 largest privately held companies and ranks as one of Kentucky’s largest privately held companies with more than $2.3 billion in annual revenue.

Phil Greer, Greer Cos. and Cheddar’s. The Greer Cos. has a long history of residential, industrial, office and commercial real estate development. The company has 44 Cheddar’s Restaurants across seven states and more than 6,500 employees.

The following were recognized as Emerging Entrepreneurs: Alex Frommeyer, Beam Dental, and Peter Tower, Magnolia Photo Booth Co.

▪ Dr. Jennifer Rea was among 1,679 initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons during the convocation ceremony at the college’s 2015 annual Clinical Congress in Chicago last month.

Rea practices at Colorectal Surgical & Gastroenterology Associates in Lexington.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo