Lederer, who is also chairman of VisitScotland and president of the Institute of Hospitality, was recognised for his dedication to helping talented people in the industry, his leadership and ability to raise the aspirations of those around him.
David Cochrane, chief executive of Hit Scotland, said: "Throughout his career Peter has helped many individuals reach great levels within our profession. He has achieved many awards and accolades but has never looked to take credit personally.
"It was fitting to pay tribute to Peter, not only as a leader, but also for his friendship, advice and hard work. He is an inspiration to the tourism and hospitality industry, in Scotland and beyond."
Lederer added: "The award was a huge surprise and it means a lot to me as it comes from the group who started Hit Scotland, all people I respect and admire.
"I have been involved from its beginning in 1994 and it is tremendous to see how it has grown in stature."
The fundraising dinner, which attracted more than 450 guests, raised £60,000 for Hit Scotland's university bursary fund and industry scholarship programme.
More than £2m has been raised by Hit Scotland since the Trust's inception in 1994. More than 8,500 students have benefited from the bursary scheme and they have awarded over 500 individual scholarships.
By Daniel Thomas
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