Brian, who is CEO of Deli Lites has been nominated in the International category.
The awards, this year marking their 10th anniversary, celebrate excellence across the public, third, and private sectors with judges choosing 42 entrants to make the shortlist.
In order to adhere with government guidelines on social distancing and to ensure the health and safety of participants, their families, and colleagues, the winners will be announced at a scaled-down ceremony to be held at The Merchant Hotel, Belfast in September.
Gordon Milligan, Chairman, IoD NI commented, “The last number of months have been extraordinary as we have all adapted to new ways of doing business and a new way of doing life in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“In many respects, it has brought out the very best in the Northern Ireland business community as some firms changed their focus to help the national effort to beat the virus, and many others pulled together to support each other financially and in other ways.
“It proved once again the tremendous calibre of business leaders in the region which will also be showcased at our annual Director of the Year Awards.
“Congratulations go to all those to have made the shortlist and we very much look forward to safely celebrating with you at our ceremony in September.”
Also to be awarded on the day will be the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice, sponsored by AIB, while the ceremony will also see the inaugural presentation of the Philanthropist of the Year, Community Foundation Northern Ireland award.
Adrian Moynihan, Head of AIB NI, added, “The last few months have delivered a serious test of leadership across all walks of life.
“As we emerge from COVID-19 lockdown and begin to focus on rebuilding the economy, strong leadership across the business sector will be crucial to our success.
“As we face the twin challenges of the pandemic fallout and the impending Brexit implications, what better time to recognise and celebrate the leaders making a real difference in Northern Ireland.
“This year’s shortlist is very impressive and highlights a clear commitment to strong and innovative leadership that is undoubtedly contributing to the success of their respective organisations and Northern Ireland as a whole.
“We commend all those who entered this year’s awards and look forward to joining with them and IoD to celebrate the exceptional leaders making a significant impact on Northern Ireland’s future success.
“While this year’s event may be delivered differently its purpose and importance have never been more relevant,” he added.
The awards ceremony, which will be attended by finalists and sponsors only to ensure social distancing, will take place on Friday 11 September.