Stefan Lewandowski, founder and managing director of 3form, a graphic design, internet and software agency, was named winner of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2005 at a glittering evening at the ICC last night.
His win is in BYPY's fifth birthday year, for which law firm Wragge & Co has been the overall sponsor.
Mr Lewandowski took the overall competition after topping the communications category, which was sponsored by the Territorial Army.
He follows in the footsteps of Gary Taylor of Argent, Karl George of Andersons KBS, Chris Robertson of Deloitte and Victoria Garrad of Gateley Wareing.
"The calibre of nominees this year was excellent," said Jane Lodge, senior partner at Deloitte and chairman of the judging panel.
"We knew the judging day would be tough when we saw their submissions. Every one had excelled in their career and was very active in their personal life, whether as a school governor, charity fundraiser or a novelist.
"The process we put them through was rigorous. Every nominee was challenged so we could obtain a real feel for their achievements and their potential to be an ambassador for the professional and financial services sector in Birmingham.
"The future of our city is in safe hands. The winner of every category has the potential to lead their sector and I believe will be a real role model for those coming to the city to build their career."
Mr Lewandowski is responsible for 3form's business development and for generating new ideas for his clients.
He graduated from Birmingham University in Software Engineering and now, at only 26, has built an awardwinning company with an impressive client list including Vivienne Westwood and the V&A.
He is a keen musician and recently started a record label, Type Records. He is also involved with innovative community music and arts projects around the West Midlands.
The winners of the other categories were: n David Whileman of 3i Group for the Financial category, which was sponsored by Pertemps.
* Sarah Cartwright of Eversheds for the Legal category, which was sponsored by Advantage West Midlands.
* Claire Charman of Faithful and Gould for the Property & Construction category, which was sponsored by Bucknall Austin.
* Nicola Turner of Graduate Advantage for the Recruitment & Training category, sponsored by Government Office for the West Midlands.
Alex Bishop, associate at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and chairman of Birmingham Future's BYPY team, said: "Stefan is a deserving victor and he has earned our congratulations, as has everyone who topped their category. But the old cliche really is true - every nominee is a winner. I am sure we will hear more about all of them as they develop their careers in the city and help shape our city and industry sector."