The Governor’s Safety and Health Conference and Exposition at Louisville’s Galt House East honored the companies while bringing together nearly 600 professionals across the state to participate in safety training courses.
The local companies recognized: Air Products & Chemicals Inc. of Calvert City, Arkema Inc.’s Calvert City plant, Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Services of Kevil, LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky in Kevil, Sekisui Specialty Chemicals America in Calvert City, Swift & Staley Mechanical Contractors, Inc. of Kevil, Vanguard Contractors of Paducah, Wacker Polymers of Calvert City, Westlake Vinyl Corporation of Calvert City.
Seven principals from the Paducah area are among the 56 Kentucky school leaders who will receive year-long executive level leadership training usually reserved for Kentucky’s top CEOs.
The principals who will receive the training: Nancy Mornar, principal at St. Mary Elementary School; Greg Ross of McNabb Elementary School; Tim Huddleston of Paducah Middle School; David Meinschein of Ballard Memorial High School; Tad Mott of North Livingston Elementary School; DeeAnne Arant of Carlisle County Middle School; Shannon Solomon of Central Elementary School.
The Leadership Institute for School Principals is a program of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation and is supported by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.
Donations from the Paducah business community will pay the way for principals. Sponsors include Computer Services, Inc., Harper Industries, Lourdes hospital, Paducah Bank & Trust, USEC and Mr. and Mrs. John Williams.
Financial services firm Edward Jones was named the No. 1 full-service brokerage firm in the June edition of SmartMoney magazine’s Annual Broker Survey.
The magazine lauded Edward Jones for receiving high marks for client satisfaction and trust in independent studies, such as a recent J.D. Power and Associates study.
Edward Jones has 10 offices in McCracken County and 17 more in far western Kentucky and extreme southern Illinois.
Valari Anderson earned the designation of Certified Valuation Analyst after successfully completing the certification process of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.
Anderson is a Certified Public Accountant and has been an employee at Blythe, White & Associates since 2010.
To become accredited by NACVA, Anderson was required to successfully complete an intensive training and testing process, which also requires the applicant to be a licensed CPA.
Lourdes recently welcomed new staff and promoted employees.
Andrew Rayburn was named to the position of neurodiagnostics director at the Respiratory Therapy and Sleep Center. Rayburn comes to Lourdes from Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C.
He brings more than 12 years of leadership experience and 23 years of respiratory experience from all patient populations from neonatal to geriatrics.
Lourdes promoted Mark Thompson to senior vice president and chief operating officer. Thompson previously served as Lourdes and MHP-KY’s regional chief financial officer.
Lourdes promoted Jeff Jones to vice president of professional services. Jones previously served as regional risk officer and the executive director of operations at Lourdes Medical Pavilion.
Lacey Celaya, of Mayfield, a photographer at Wells Studio in Mayfield, received national recognition at SYNC, an educational conference for photographers specializing in senior portraits.
Celaya won Breakout Photographer of the Year, given to photographers who worked in the field for less than five years, and the Design Award for 2012, an award for excellence in graphic design.
The SYNC was held in St. Petersburg, Fla., and hosted more than 500 people representing professional photography studios from all over the country.
Angie Fisk, current principal at Sharpe Elementary School, accepted the position of human resource director for Marshall County School District.
Fisk has spent the last 12 years at Sharpe Elementary. She was previously a guidance counselor at North Marshall Middle School and a teacher at Ekron Elementary School in Meade County.
FNB Bank named Chelsea Duncan as the new office manager and loan processor at the bank’s main office, 101 E. Broadway in Mayfield.
Duncan had served FNB as a receptionist/administrative assistant since September 2010. In her new role, Duncan will be responsible for carrying out a variety of administrative and customer service roles while assisting with commercial accounts at both the Mayfield and Wingo offices.
Several locals were named new board members for the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Authority.
Ken Canter, executive director of the Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority, joins the board and brings more than 40 years worth of river industry experience. The 1971 Belmont University graduate has served as the Paducah riverport authority’s director since 2001, and he is also the vice chair of the Kentucky Waterways Advisory Board.
Romey Holmes, a former Graves County commissioner of 25 years, worked at General Tire for 38 years, during which he served as president and treasurer of Local 665 of the United Steel Workers of America.
Jerry Pace, senior vice president of Benton-based insurance firm Peel & Holland, Inc., has been in the insurance business for more than 35 years. The Murray State University graduate plays an integral role in client relationship management for the Kentucky Association of Counties, Kentucky League of Cities and Kentucky School Boards Association.
Mitzi Travis, manager of Lone Oak Manor Apartments at 650 College Ave., received the award for Family Property Manager of the Year from the Kentucky Housing Corporation. The KHC acts as the performance based contract administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Travis received the award at this year’s 2012 Housing Management Conference May 15-17 in Louisville.
Lone Oak Manor Apartments is managed by Cornerstone Properties, Inc., of Carmel, Ind.
FNB Bank welcomed Sam Mahan as its newest lending team member at the bank’s main office, 101 E. Broadway in Mayfield.
A native of Paris, Tenn., Mahan will be responsible for all areas of lending. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Tennessee Tech University, and he attended the South Eastern Schools of Banking and Commercial Lending.
Three of the 50 faculty and staff from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System recognized for leadership and significant achievements work at West Kentucky Community & Technical College.
The awards ceremony was May 14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville.
Bobbi J. Buchanan, custodial worker, received the Administrative Staff Award. Karen Bryn Boyd, coordinator of institutional effectiveness, received the Support Staff Award, and Kimberly G. Russell, assistant professor/program coordinator of English, received the Faculty Award.
Dr. Jeffrey Carrico, of Mayfield, received the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians 2012 Exemplary Teaching Award for his 18 years of teaching medical students at his practice.
Carrico was nominated for the award through the Purchase Area Health Education Center at Murray State University, which coordinates clinical rotations in the region for Kentucky medical schools.
Re/Max Realty Group of Paducah announced numerous real estate agents received Re/Max Club Awards for oustanding achievement during 2011.
Randall Bridges, James Lewis and Diane Shrewsberry received the 100% Club Award. John Davis, Carol Farthing, David Freeman, Kay Holland, Ronald E. Hughes, Patricks Humphrey and Mary Nichols received the Executive Club Award.
The Kentucky State Police recognized five officers from the Mayfield Post during the KSP annual awards ceremony May 21 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.
Trooper Brad Ramsey, who is assigned to McCracken County, was awarded Post 1 Trooper of the Year for his work during 2011. The Madisonville native issued 1,490 citations, investigated 43 criminal cases and made 222 criminal arrests. He is a nine-year veteran of the KSP.
Detective John Sims received the award for Post 1 Detective of the Year. The Paducah native logged more than 2,000 hours in 2011 investigating numerous major crimes and investigating dozens of Internet Crimes Against Children, a.k.a. ICAC complaints. He has worked with the KSP for nine years.
Three Troopers received Life Saving medals for their immediate actions to prevent loss of human life: Troopers Thomas Clifton, Jonathon Ward and Alison Ramsey.
Annette Ballard was recently hired as chief information officer of the Information Technology department of the Murray-Calloway County Hospital.
Ballard comes to MCCH from Jacobus Consulting in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., where she served as a senior management consultant to several hospitals, including MCCH. Prior to working with Jacobus Consulting, Ballard worked as a consultant with Vitalize Consulting Services in Englewood, Colo., and in several positions at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from McKendree College in 1998, and an associate’s degree in computer science programming from Elizabethtown Community College in 1991. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in health information systems from Hutchinson Community College.
Five local associates with the Coldwell Banker Purchase Realty and Commercial Purchase Realty groups received company awards.
David Nelson received the International President’s Circle Award for 2011, and Nelson’s performance was recognized as part of the top 8 percent of Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide.
Norma Adams received the International Diamond Society Award for 2011, and Adams’ performance was recognized as part of the top 15 percent of Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide.
Joyce Johnson and Mary Hoy received the International Sterling Award for 2011. Their performances were recognized as part of the top 20 percent of Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide.
Ronnie Dexter achieved the prestigious Top Two Recognition Level Internationally for Coldwell Banker Commercial for 2011. Dexter was also recognized as the Number One Coldwell Banker Commercial sales associate in Kentucky for 2011. Dexter will receive his award in the first week of June in Miami, Fla.
C-Plant Federal Credit Union hired three employees.
Sharon Beyer is the credit union’s newest mortgage loan officer working out of C-Plant’s branch at 4900 Village Square Drive. Beyer has more than 31 years of experience in lending, including real estate and consumer lending.
Patsy Marine is a mortgage and consumer loan officer working at the credit union’s Mayfield branch at 1101 Paris Road. Marine has more than 20 years of experience in banking and mortgage lending.
Jacob Chambers joined the credit union as vice president and will also work at the Mayfield branch. Chambers has more than 15 years of banking experience in consumer and commercial lending.
Dr. Levi Mansfield, of West Paducah, was among 121 students awarded the doctor of optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn.
The Paducah native is a graduate of Heath High School and Murray State University. He is the son of Lynn and Jana Mansfield.
Optometrists are independent, primary health care providers who specialize in the treatment of the visual system, the eye and associated structures.
Ingram Barge Company promoted Crystal Taylor to senior vice president and controller as of June 1. Taylor succeeds Al Oldham who is retiring.
Taylor joined Ingram in 1993 as a staff accountant at Ingram Book Company. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., resident transferred to Ingram’s marine group in 2003 as director of financial projects and was named vice president for finance and accounting in 2011.
Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tennessee Tech University and a master’s degree in business administration from Belmont University. Taylor is a certified public accountant and has completed the Scarlett Institute leadership program for executives.
The Waterways Council, Inc.’s board of directors named Debra A. Colbert as senior vice president effective June 1.
Colbert has served as director of communications and media relations for the organization and has served with WCI since its inception in 2004.
Prior to her work with WCI, Colbert served as president of Colbert Communications, a communications consultancy practice that offered media relations, communications and public affairs counsel to clients.
Before that she was director of public affairs for the American Waterways Operators, manager of communications for the Telecommunications Industry Association and assistant manager of communications for the Aerospace Industries Association.
WCI, based in Arlington, Va., is a national public policy organization that advocates for inland waterways and ports.
After 32 years of service to Murray-Calloway County Hospital, Jerry Gorrell, director of ambulance services, retired Friday.
Gorrell ran the ambulance service when it first came to the hospital in 1980. To mark his retirement reception at the hospital June 1, Gorrell arrived with a walking cane outfitted with a toy siren.