Business awards for the week of July 4

Lee Roberts of Roberts Heavy-Duty Towing in Lexington has been awarded the Champion Award by Tow Times Magazine.
Lee Roberts of Roberts Heavy-Duty Towing in Lexington has been awarded the Champion Award by Tow Times Magazine. Photo provided

▪ Tow Times’ magazine has awarded Lee Roberts of Lexington its Champion Award for his exceptional contributions to the towing and recovery industry. Roberts of ​Roberts Heavy-Duty Towing is a 30-year veteran of the towing and recovery industry.

Earlier this year, one of his Lexington-area competitors lost his company in a fire and Roberts donated a truck and made space in his office to help the operator get back on his feet.

For his efforts, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety gave Roberts its First Responder of the Year Award, the first time the state award was given to a towing company.

▪ For the third consecutive year, Commerce Lexington has been recognized among top chambers of commerce internationally as a finalist for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ 2016 Chamber of the Year Award. Since 2007, ACCE has annually recognized chambers of commerce in various size categories for their work leading businesses and communities with the Chamber of the Year Award, which recognizes excellence in operations, member services, and community leadership.

The 2016 Chamber of the Year Award winners will be announced at ACCE’s Annual Convention, Aug. 9-12, in Savannah.

▪ Lexington Habitat for Humanity has earned the Outstanding Program Award at the recent Kentucky Habitat for Humanity Annual Conference. The award was presented in honor of Lexington Habitat’s Love Your Neighborhood program, which focuses on revitalization in low-income neighborhoods through owner-occupied home repairs and neighborhood clean-up projects.

In addition to receiving an award, Lexington Habitat gave the inaugural Pat Smith Award to longtime Lexington Habitat for Humanity volunteer Dennis Pike Jr. The award was created in memory of Lexington Habitat board member Pat Smith who was killed in the Comair Flight 5191 crash in 2006.

Pike is a Lexington Habitat emeritus board member and currently serves as a member of Lexington Habitat’s Resource Development Committee and the Lexington Habitat Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational Golf Committee.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo