Business awards for the week of March 21

Julia Burnett
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▪  Julia Burnett of Lexington, a Mary Kay independent senior national sales director, again has earned the use of a Mary Kay pink Cadillac, an iconic symbol of success and the most coveted incentive awarded by Mary Kay.

Burnett took delivery of the new pearlized pink Cadillac Escalade, her seventh Mary Kay career car, at Quantrell Cadillac in Lexington on March 14. Mary Kay independent sales force members earn the use of a pink Cadillac by meeting and exceeding goals set within their Mary Kay businesses.

Burnett began her Mary Kay business as an independent beauty consultant in 2002; as a result of her accomplishments, she became an independent national sales director, the highest level in the Mary Kay company, in 2012.

Since the Career Car Program’s inception in 1969, more than 144,000 independent sales force members have qualified or requalified to earn the use of a Mary Kay car. Currently, 6,032 Mary Kay career cars are on the road nationwide, including about 1,320 pink Cadillacs.

▪  Nancy Wiser, president of Wiser Strategies, has been honored with the 2015 East Central District Platinum Award from the Public Relations Society of America. The award annually recognizes one person for outstanding professional service within the District’s 17 Chapters.

Wiser was selected based on the many local, district and national offices she has held within the organization, including serving as a member of its national and foundation boards and countless committees. Also considered were her contributions to the profession at large.

Wiser is founder of Wiser Strategies, a full-service marketing, public relations and research firm based in Kentucky.

▪  Kentucky Bancshares has been named to the OTCQX Best 50, an annaul ranking of the top performing national and international companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market last year.

The ranking is calculated based on an equal weighting of one-year total return and average daily dollar volume growth in the previous calendar year.

For the complete 2016 OTCQX Best 50 rankings, go to

▪  Kentucky’s second consecutive win of Site Selection magazine’s Governor’s Cup recognizes the achievements of communities across the commonwealth in attracting the most industry activity per capita in 2015.

The magazine also ranked more than a dozen Kentucky metros and communities highly in national comparisons for their economic development success last year.

Site Selection’s Top 10 Metro Areas Ranking includes Northern Kentucky fourth) and Louisville (seventh) for areas with populations exceeding 1 million. Lexington ranked eighth among communities with populations of 200,000 to 1 million. Bowling Green ranked second in areas with populations of less than 200,000.

A dozen Kentucky communities made the magazine’s Top Micropolitans list. They are: Bardstown-Nelson County; Campbellsville-Taylor County; Danville-Boyle and Lincoln counties; Frankfort-Franklin and Anderson counties; Glasgow-Barren and Metcalfe counties; London-Laurel, Knox and Whitley counties; Madisonville-Hopkins County; Mayfield -Graves County; Maysville -Mason County; Mount Sterling-Bath, Menifee and Montgomery counties; Paducah-Ballard, Livingston, McCracken counties in Kentucky and Massac County, Ill.; and Somerset-Pulaski County

Last year, Kentucky announced more than 460 location and expansion projects slated to create more than 16,000 jobs and $5.1 billion in investment, the most since the state began recording this data roughly 30 years ago. The 2014 total $3.7 billion.

Site Selection, an Atlanta-based publication, has awarded the Governor’s Cup annually since 1988 to thestate with the most new and expanded corporate facilities as tracked by the Conway Projects Database. The full rankings may be viewed at

▪  Midway University’s 2016 Spotlight Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. May 26 on campus in Piper Dining Hall. The evening will highlight a female community leader, someone who has improved the lives of women or someone who has served as a strong role model for young women. In addition, the awards ceremony allows the university to bestow honors on someone who has directly affected Midway University.

“As Kentucky’s only women’s college, it’s an honor to celebrate individuals who have dedicated their time and energy to improving the lives of women throughout the commonwealth, as well as those who have helped us do the same,” said university President John P. Marsden.

The evening will include dinner, a keynote speaker and two awards presentations: the Pinkerton Vision Award and the Midway University Legacy Award. Nominations are being sought for the Pinkerton Vision Award.

All proceeds from the dinner and awards ceremony go to support academic programming and student scholarships at Midway University.

To make a nomination, buy tickets, become a sponsor of the event or find out more about the awards dinner, go to or call Scott Fitzpatrick at 859-846-5300.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo