A marketing research industry leader has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, in the Services category.

The award went to Jay Ruparel, exeucitve director and CEO of Azure Knowledge Corporation, a global market research services provider and a company member of the Insights Association, at a gala event in New Jersey on June 30.

The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs excelling in areas like innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

In accepting the award, Jay dedicated the award to his team at Azure, saying, “It is because of the relentless effort put by my wonderful team at Azure that I get the credit and look good up here."