Mohammed Iqbal of Tile Giant has been named Young Director of the Year in the Midlands.
He fought off competition from category winners Paul McCormick (Small Business) of GCA and Adrian Fawcett (Large Business) of Punch Taverns.
He was presented with his trophy at a gala presentation in the Great Hall of the University of Birmingham.
Mr Iqbal, aged 34, has risen from the shopfloor, selling tiles to the public on Saturdays, to become managing director of Tile Giant with 21 outlets Midlands-wide.
John Phillips, IoD regional director, said: "Mohammed is passionate about tiles, and really understands the business.
"This really came across. Mohammed is a really exciting winner and we wish him and Tile Giant all the best."
Peter Rees-Steer, chairman of the Young Directors' Forum which organises the annual awards, said: "This is the third year we have run the Young Director of the Year awards and the standard keeps rising.
"This is our way of acknowledging the importance of tomorrow's business leaders."
Short listed for the Small Business Award were Mr McCormick, Luke Verrall of Newtown Packaging and Suzie Walker of Catalyst Associates.
Up for the Medium Business Award were Bridget Doyle, MarketTel, Mr Iqbal, and Jeremy Wetherall, Sleaford Quality Foods.
And in the Large Business category the shortlisted finalists were Mike Osborne of ICM Business Continuity Services, Mr Fawcett and Steve Jagger of Woldmarsh Producers.
The Overall Director Award for 2006 went to Clive Stone, managing director of Redcliffe Catering.
The awards were supported by Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets and Advantage West Midlands, with further sponsors including DaimlerChrysler Fleet Management, Mercedes Benz Corporate Sales, ITV Central, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber, Birmingham International Airport and West Bromwich Building Society. KPMG sponsored the student category.
The winners received trophies produced by Midlands jewellery artist Anna Lorenz, a lecturer at Birmingham School of Jewellery, the third time she has been commissioned to work on this project.
The evening was compered by Jimmy Franks and the guest speaker was blind entrepreneur Steve Cunningham.