The former managing director of Norfolk Green bus services has been made an MBE.
Ben Colson, 63, of Wolferton, has been named for his services to the economy and community in Norfolk.
Mr Colson retired from his role in December 2013 after 18 years of running the bus company.
He said: “When I learned about the MBE, I was bewildered, then it changed to feeling chuffed and very excited, then feeling bewildered again, thinking why do I deserve it?
“The only assumption I can come to is that we were a not for dividend company.
“We put profits back in and created jobs.”