Rich Lee, founder and chief executive officer of , recently received Business Leader magazine’s Business Leader of the Year honor.

The award is one of a series handed out by the magazine as part of its Triangle Hall of Fame Awards.

Winners were determined by public vote for the first time.

"It’s a great honor to be recognized," said Lee. "There are some incredibly talented leaders in this state, representing very impressive businesses. To be named as ‘Business Leader of the Year’ from such an esteemed group is wonderful. The fact that this award was determined by votes from my peers, customers, partners and others in the community makes it even more special."

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