SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

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WASHINGTON, March 18, 2019 — Today, Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced the 2019 Small Business Persons of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Each of the winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on May 5-6 where they will be honored with their inidual award. During the ceremonies, SBA will announce the 2019 National Small Business Person of the Year from the 53 winners from across the U.S. and territories.   

“I am delighted to recognize the 53 winners from across the country as they gather in our nation’s capital,” McMahon said. “Entrepreneurs are the innovators who take risks on ideas, invest in their communities, and create jobs.  Their skills and creativity not only support their own families, but they also make our neighborhoods and cities vibrant places to live and work, fueling our overall economic strength. These small business owners best represent the nation’s 30 million small businesses and I look forward to welcoming the winners to Washington, D.C. in May when they are officially honored for their accomplishments.”

National Small Business Week will be observed May 5-11 with events around the country. SBA Administrator Linda McMahon will be making stops in Washington, D.C., Florida, Texas, and Utah.

2019 Small Business Persons of the Year Winners

ALABAMA    
Alana Parker                                                               

President                                                                                            

Rocket City Drywall & Supply
Huntsville, AL

ALASKA       
John Tatham                                                               

President
Janet Tatham

Vice President
Shelley Bramstedt

Secretary/Treasurer

PIP Printing of AK
Anchorage, AK

ARIZONA              
Jennifer Herbert                                                                      

Chief Executive Officer                                               
Jeff Herbert

Chief Strategic Officer

Superstition Meadery LLC
Prescott, AZ

ARKANSAS   
April Broderick                                                           

Majority Owner/President                                         

A&A Fire and Safety Company                        
Sherwood, AR

CALIFORNIA 
Jeffrey Perry                                       

President                                                                    

All Industrial Tool Supply                               
Huntington Beach, CA

COLORADO  
Rick Schmidt              

President and CEO                                          

Tipping Point Solutions                       
Centennial, CO

CONNECTICUT      
Joyce Reynolds                                                           

President                                                                    
Jerardo Reynolds

Vice President

Reynolds Welding and Fabrication
Windsor, CT

DELAWARE      
Donald Chupp                  

President and CEO                                           

Fireside Partners                                             
Dover, DE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA           
Paul Abbott                                                                 

Owner                                                                         
Laura Abbott

Co-Owner

Life of Riley
Washington, DC

FLORIDA                      
Jeff Turbeville                                                              

Owner/CEO

Sunshine Peanut Company
Jacksonville, FL

GEORGIA                     
Rebecca Lamont                                                          

President & Founder                                                   

Jeff Lamont                                                                 

Director of Operations                                     

Pathways Behavioral Consulting
Marietta, GA

GUAM
Richard Chan

President
Mika Gibson

Vice President

Archway

Tamuning, Guam

HAWAII
Rolf Klein

CEO
Alvin Bongolan

COO

Hawaii Energy Systems
Aiea, HI

IDAHO 
Nate Bondelid                                                             

President                                                                                

Tek-Hut
Boise, ID

ILLINOIS          
Cornelius Damon Griggs                  

President/CEO                                                             

GMA Construction Group                                                        
Chicago, IL                                                       

INDIANA         
Casey Wright                                                                           

CEO                                                                                         

NinjaZone & Wright Gymnastics                       
Greenwood, IN

IOWA  
Brad Barber

CEO, Co-Founder                                             
Angie Barber

COO, Co-Founder

Cabin Coffee Franchising
Clear Lake, Iowa

KANSAS
Kurt Schmidt

President/Owner

Picasso’s Pizzeria
Wichita, KS

KENTUCKY 
Paul Isenberg                                                              

Owner/Founder                                                                      

Smart Start Child Care
Bowling Green, KY

LOUISIANA      
LTC Danny Blanks, USAR-Ret                            

Member/CEO                                                              

Barlow Cook                                                                

Member/CCO                                                              

James Washington III                                       

Member/CFO

Pontchartrain Partners
New Orleans, LA

MAINE 
Janie Wang

Owner/Member                                                                      

Modernist Pantry                                                        

Eliot, ME                                                          

MARYLAND     
Zhensen Huang                                                           

CEO                                                                                         

Precise Software Solutions                               
Rockville, MD

MASSACHUSETTS        
Swati Elavia                                                      

President                                                                                

Monsoon Kitchens
Shrewsbury, MA

MICHIGAN                  
Kathleen Eberle                                               

President/CEO                                                             

NPO Transportation
Southfield, MI

MINNESOTA                
Christine Lantin                                                

President                                                                                

Maud Borup                                        
Plymouth, MN

MISSISSIPPI                 
Jennifer Sutton, D.S., D.V.M.                                       

President
Jeffrey Sutton, B.S., D.V.M.

Secretary/Treasurer

Gulf Coast Veterinary Services
Biloxi, MS

MISSOURI                   
Carol Espinosa                                                             

Principal

Freedom Interiors
Kansas City, MO

MONTANA      
Devon Davidson                                                                      

President/Owner                                                        

MARS of Billings                                                           
Billings, MT

NEBRASKA
Leon Weiland, President/Owner                                  
Jean Weiland, Partner/Secretary/Treasurer                             

Weiland Doors                                                                         
Norfolk, NE

NEVADA                      
Elena Ledoux                                                   

CEO                                                                             

Nargiza Mukhutdinova

General Manager

Superb Maids
Las Vegas, NV

NEW HAMPSHIRE                    
Hale Cole-Tucker                                                         

President and Co-Founder
Erica Cole-Tucker

Vice President, Operations and Co-Founder

Tucker Restaurant Group
New London, NH

NEW JERSEY                
Carl Fisher                                                                   

CEO                                                                                         

Karen Froberg-Fejko                                                    

President                                                                                

Bio-Serv and Radon Supplies                
Flemington, NJ                                     

NEW MEXICO  
Emile Gonzales                                                

President                                                                                

G2i, LLC                                                                       
Albuquerque, NM

NEW YORK      
Christopher Bren                                             

William Freedman                                            

Todd Stewart                                                   

Members

Picture Farm II, LLC
Brooklyn, NY

NORTH CAROLINA                   
Steven Ceccarelli                                             

CEO/President                                                 

Farm Fresh Produce                             
Faison, NC

NORTH DAKOTA          
Troy Derheim                                                  

President                                                                    

Derheim Inc.                                        
Harwood, ND                           

OHIO               
Kristen Bailey                                       

Co-Founder & CEO                                           

Sweets and Meats
Cincinnati, OH

OKLAHOMA    
Michael Van Eaton                                           

President                                                                    

Cacy Van Eaton                                                

Vice President
Susan Van Eaton

Secretary-Treasurer
Van Eaton Ready Mix
Shawnee, OK

OREGON                     
Marshall Doyle                                                 

President                                                                    

Cal-Cert Company                                            
Clackamas, OR                         

PENNSYLVANIA                       
Ethan Wendle                                                  

Co-Founder and CEO                                       

Matthew Chverchko                   

Co-Founder and COO

DiamondBack Automotive Accessories
Phillipsburg, PA

PUERTO RICO  
Marie Rosado Collado                          

President                                                                    
Angel Rosado

Vice President

3A Press Corp.

Lajas, Puerto Rico

RHODE ISLAND
Justin Oakley

Owner/Occupational Therapist
Michael Vieira

Owner, MA & RI Licensed Contractor

Oakley Home Access
Narragansett, RI

SOUTH CAROLINA       
Adam Huneau                                                 

Owner, Founder and CEO

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana
Lexington, SC

SOUTH DAKOTA                      
Derek  DeGeest                                               

President

DeGeest Steel Works
Tea, SD

TENNESSEE    
Larry Schmittou                                                           

President

L&S Family Entertainment
Hendersonville, TN

TEXAS              
Christi Bond                                                     

Co-Founder/President                                     
Ragan Bond

Co-Founder/Vice President

Independence Coffee
Brenham, TX

UTAH  
Vivien Bohme                                                              

Owner and CEO                                                                       

Fernanda Bohme

Owner and Designer

Bohme
Sandy, Utah

VERMONT                   
Steven Gagner                                                            

Owner/Founder

14th Star Brewing Company
St. Albans, VT

VIRGINIA                     
Roberto Ortiz

President/CEO

AVMAC, LLC
Chesapeake, VA

WASHINGTON 
Ross Black                                                                                                                    

Founder/CEO                                                              

Simple Box Storage                                                      
Lynden, WA

WEST VIRGINIA
Michael Mills

Managing Principal

Mills Group
Morgantown, WV

WISCONSIN 
Stacy Tuschl                                                                 

President                                                                    

The Academy of Performing Arts-Oak Creek and Franklin
Oak Creek, Wisconsin

WYOMING      
Ryan Gregory                                                              

President                                                                                

Wyoming Roofing
Sheridan, WY

About the U.S. Small Business Administration 

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Release Number:  19-12 

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