The awards were presented by the Hunter Business Chamber, a group representing businesses in the Hunter Valley.
Hunter Business Chamber president Kyle Loades said Cameron began his career as a young mining engineer with Coal & Allied in the Hunter Valley and left the company in 1989 to form Preston Coal Company.
Five years later he led the company into the public arena as Centennial Coal.
Centennial Coal now operates 13 mines with a total turnover of more than $A670 million a year. It produces more than 20 million tonnes annually and is the largest supplier of coal for power generation in the state.
Cameron is also chairman of the NSW Minerals Council and a director of Port Kembla Coal Terminal.
The Business Person Award was sponsored by CPA Australia.