Anthony McCourt has been crowned Birmingham Young Professional of the Year at an awards ceremony at the ICC.
Mr McCourt, aged 25 and originally from Portadown, Northern Ireland, is a solicitor at law firm Wragge & Co, and took the top prize after being chosen ahead of five other sector winners.
He counts his father as his biggest inspiration, for encouraging him to come to Birmingham in the first place. A law graduate from Birmingham University, he has lived in the city for more than seven years and is the youngest winner in BYPY's eight-year history.
Mr McCourt won the legal sector, sponsored by Deloitte and went on to beat off five other sector winners – Charlotte Crossley, from Core Marketing, in the Communications category (sponsored by Pertemps Recruitment Partnership), Nick Morgan, from The Big Cat Group, in the Entrepreneurial category (sponsored by Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets), Deepak Parekh, from Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander, in the Financial category (sponsored by Crosby Lend Lease), Emma Whigham, from Atkins, in Property and Construction (sponsored by West Bromwich Building Society) and Claudia Santillo, from Adlestrop Consulting, in the Recruitment and Training category (sponsored by Matthew Boulton and Sutton Coldfield Colleges).
Alex Bishop, chairman of organisers Birmingham Future and litigation partner at Shoosmiths, said: "The standard of our finalists was extremely high this year, but our decision was unanimous.
"Anthony is so passionate about succeeding in Birmingham, about giving something back to the community and about the city as a whole. That is everything we ask for in a BYPY winner."
Roula Samaha, chairman of the BYPY committee and human resources service manager at the Radisson SAS hotel, added: "At 25 Anthony is such an inspiration to all of the young professionals making their way in business in Birmingham, and I have no doubt he will go on to achieve great things for the city."
The overall event was sponsored by Cobbetts.