Business community, regional leaders gather for annual dinner, awards
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2013) — Warren W. Rosenthal received one of Commerce Lexington’s top honors Thursday night at its annual meeting at the Lexington Convention Center.
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Rosenthal was the recipient of the 2012 W.T. Young Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor is given to a person who has achieved “unparalleled success in business and who has made significant other contributions to the public well-being in Lexington and the state of Kentucky.”
About 1,000 business professionals, community and regional leaders, and elected officials attended the event, which offered a look back at 2012, highlighted the history of the organization and some of its key goals, and recognized Commerce Lexington’s most involved members, volunteers and community leaders.
“The highlight of 2012 was the announcement that international law firm Bingham McCutchen had selected Lexington from among some 350 cities for its new global services center, bringing with it 250 jobs,” said outgoing board chair Jeri Isbell of Lexmark. “More than 100 community leaders and business professionals worked on the project, which is yet another feather in the cap of the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership.”
Danny Murphy of the University of Kentucky College of Law, who took the helm as 2013 Board Chair, said the Lexington community has a history of turning visions into realities and achieving success in the face of challenges.
“… We believe and expect that we will continue to do so,” Murpy said. “And, Commerce Lexington Inc. will be there every step of the way. We’ll lead when necessary, assist when appropriate, and facilitate when requested to address the issues and goals now before the community.”
In addition to the W.T. Young Lifetime Achievement Award, several other honors were presented, including the Commerce Lexington Inc. Ambassador of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Leadership Lexington Adult and Youth Distinguished Leaders and the Public Policy Advocate of the Year.
2012 Ambassador of the Year
Mark Wiemer, Republic Bank & Trust Co.
Representatives of the highly selective Ambassadors Committee meet on a monthly basis, assist at events, are visible at ribbon cuttings and grand openings, and call on existing member companies to ensure that they are getting the most out of their membership.
2012 Volunteer of the Year
Laura Boison, U.S. Bank
The Volunteer of the Year Award is given annually to the person who best demonstrates the volunteer spirit, in both their participation and the effectiveness and outcome of their effort.
Leadership Lexington 2012 Distinguished Leader Award
Ken Gish, Stites & Harbison
This honor recognizes the class member who demonstrates strong principles and dedication to the concept of community service and embodies the spirit of Leadership Lexington and has a keen understanding of community dynamics and public issues.
Leadership Lexington Youth Program 2012 Distinguished Leader Award
Roshnee Raithatha, Henry Clay High School
Using the same criteria used for the adult program, the Leadership Lexington Youth Distinguished Leader Award is nominated by class members and selected by the Leadership Lexington Youth Steering Committee members.
2012 Public Policy Advocate of the Year
Barry Mayfield, East Kentucky Power Cooperative
The Commerce Lexington Inc. Public Policy Award honors those individuals and organizations that have made a lasting impact on Commerce Lexington and its member companies in the public policy area.