Most Encouraging Kentuckian Award

Our annual Most Encouraging Kentuckian Award, designed and handcrafted by Lexington artist Joann Strunk. Crafted from genuine Kentucky limestone and copper, our Award symbolizes that which makes Kentucky unique and historically world-class.

Our annual Most Encouraging Kentuckian Award, designed and handcrafted by Lexington artist Joann Strunk. Crafted from genuine Kentucky limestone and copper, our Award symbolizes that which makes Kentucky unique and historically world-class.

“I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Have you ever aspired toward what may be considered a barely-reachable goal? Maybe to start and build your dream business into a successful enterprise? To write your first book? Attain that degree? Run your first marathon?  Lose 30+ lbs? Open that art studio?

If you have, then you’re familiar with the profound effect that encouragement and/or discouragement have on us. And we at LeXenomics wholeheartedly believe that not-so-subtle difference, en vs. dis, often mean the difference between “going for it” or merely remaining on the sidelines.

So in 2011 we introduced the first annual Most Encouraging Kentuckian Award, in honor of Mr. Ernie Peel of Lexington. 40-50 Kentuckians from various backgrounds around our state converged on Lexington to honor the very best in all of us – that encouraging spirit that drives us to richer, bigger lives.

And in 2012, our Award grew by leaps and bounds – with nine Finalists nominated by their fellow Kentuckians and nearly 3000 votes from all over Kentucky!

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2013′s Awards Party, Thursday, December 5th!

6:30pm at Wild Thyme in Lexington!

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of LeXenomics and Wild Thyme (so FREE)! Cash bar available, too!

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Bob Baney and 3WayBob Baney

Partner in Kentucky’s 3Way Racing race management and timing company, Bob is pretty much everywhere, helping Kentuckians achieve their goals and reach new heights.

More than likely, if you’re into road racing, triathlons or cycling, you’ve seen Bob out there working his tail off.

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Joe Bowen Unbridled SpiritJoe Bowen

Native of Powell County, in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge area, Joe has ridden his bicycle across the entire United States not once, but TWICE, raising awareness and money for good causes. And he has walked across the same U.S. on stilts, again for charity, earning him a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records. On top of that, Joe, being a blue collar construction worker by trade, authored the book, “Real Winners Don’t Quit.”

Tripp Bratton MMMBTripp Bratton

One of the primary, driving forces behind Lexington’s famed March Madness Marching Band, this is Tripp’s second straight year being nominated as the Most Encouraging Kentuckian!

Tripp is summed up by his favorite quote: “Nothing exists without music. The universe itself is composed of a harmony of sounds, dance with the tones of that harmony.”

Chris Ortiz and Salvador Sanchez CoCChris Ortiz and Salvador Sanchez

Co-Founders of Lexington’s newest coffee house, A Cup of Commonwealth, Chris and Salvador have quickly becone known for their vast community spirit and friendliness.

Their mantra says it all, “Embrace Community. Serve Others. Create Culture.”

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Cassie Slone

President of the Foster Care Council of Lexington, Cassie is 100% genuine in all she does, providing hope and encouragement to every single foster child in Lexington’s local system.

Her encouragement is infectious (as indicated by her being nominated by five different Kentuckians)!

Nick Warner and Cirrus MioNick Warner

The UX Designer at Lexington-based Cirrus Mio, plus one of the most recognizable faces in Lexington’s tech world, Nick “always encourages friends to pursue their ideas while giving real, genuine feedback.”

And with that mustache, who can resist being mesmerized!

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