Rebecca Fyffe, owner and director of research of Landmark Pest Management in Schaumburg, Illinois is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) National Small Business Person of the Year.


In 2001, the then 25-year-old Fyffe took over a struggling business, perhaps one of the youngest CEO of a pest control company in the country.  Since then, her company has grown from 18 to 70 full-time employees with substantial revenue growth.

“Rebecca has built an exemplary pest control firm and is so deserving of this award,” said Linda McMahon, SBA administrator.

The award is part of the SBA’s Small Business Week festivities. Rebecca was chosen from among 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington DC winners. In addition to the national Small Business Person of the Year, three runners-up were recognized and awarded. The following list includes the runners up and all state winners.


Runners-up

First Runner-up

Douglas Tate
President  & CEO
Alpha Technologies, Inc.
Hurricane, West Virginia

Second Runner-up

Jasper Riddle
President/Winemaker
Noisy Water Winery
Ruidoso, New Mexico

Third Runner-up

Keith O’Neil Porta
Managing Member
APC Construction, LLC
Harvey, Louisiana

State Winners

Alabama

Charles Underwood II, Owner
C & R Movers, LLC
Birmingham, AL

Alaska

Lori Brewer, President
Caffe D’arte Alaska
Alaska Coffee & Restaurant Equipment
Anchorage, AK

Arizona

Dirck Theodor Schou, President and CEO
HF Coors
Tucson, AZ

Arkansas

Joe Saumweber, Co-Founder & CEO
Michael Paladino, Co-Founder & CTO
RevUnit LLC
Bentonville, AR

California

Matthew Cohen, CEO
Off the Grid Services, LLC
San Francisco, CA

Colorado

Margot Langstaff, Managing Partner & Co-Owner
Elisa Hamill, Managing Partner & Co-Owner
LifeHealth
Littleton, CO

Connecticut

April M. Lukasik, President
Bright & Early Children’s Learning Centers
North Branford, CT

Delaware

Kim Adams, President
Mountain Consulting Inc.
Dover, DE

District of Columbia

Denita R. Conway, President & CEO
PROVEN Management, LLC
Washington, DC

Florida

Michael Zaffaroni, Owner
Liberty Landscape Supply
Jacksonville, FL

Georgia

Peter Dugas, President & CFO
Tanya Barr Dugas, CEO
Technical Services Audio Visual (TSAV)
Athens, GA

Hawaii

Reginald Perry, Owner and General Manager
Barbers Point Aviation Services, LLC
Kapolei, HI

Idaho

September Myres, President & CEO
Sundance Consulting Inc.
Pocatello, ID

Illinois

Rebecca Fyffe, President
Landmark Pest Management
Schaumburg, IL

Indiana

Michele Durante Meyer, President/CEO
Creative Solutions Consulting Inc. (CSCI)
Indianapolis, IN

Iowa

Bob Simpson, President
Big River Packaging
Clinton, IA

Kansas

David Sasson, President & CEO
OverstockArt.com
Witchita, KS

Kentucky

Lesme J. Romero, Owner & Manager
Lexington Pasta/Lexington Pasta Garage
Lexington, KY

Louisiana

Keith O’Neil Porta, Managing Member
APC Construction, LLC
Harvey, LA

Maine

Beth Shissler, President & COO
Donald Oakes, CEO
Seabags, LLC
Portland, ME

Maryland

Tammy Beideman, Owner
Sweet Elizabeth Jane
Ellicott City, MD

Massachusetts

Joseph Melville, Co-Owner
Gary Melville, Co-Owner
Melville Candy Corporation
Randolph, MA

Michigan

Albert F. Zehnder, Chairman & CEO
Zehnder’s of Frankemuth Inc.
Frankenmuth, MI

Minnesota

Brenda Nolby, CEO
Jam Hops Gymnastics Factory Inc.
Ham Lake, MN

Mississippi

Barbara and Tim Alamsha, Owners
Rock U 2
Ocean Springs, MS

Missouri

Melissa A. Smith, DDS, Owner & Operator
Washington Smiles Complete Health Dentistry
Washington, MO

Montana

Charles “Skip” King, Owner
King’s ACE Hardware
Billings, MT

Nebraska

Mark Anthony Santo, President
Mark VII Enterprises Inc.
Omaha, NE

Nevada

Mehdi Zarhloul, Founder & CEO
Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill
Henderson, NV

New Hampshire

Mark Wentworth, President & CEO
Green View Technologies Inc.
Rollinsford, NH

New Jersey

Richard C. Spanier, President & CEO
Rudolph Research Analytical
Hackettstown, NJ

New Mexico

Jasper Riddle, President & Winemaker
Noisy Water Winery & Cellars
Ruidoso, NM

New York

Snehal (Raj) Dayanidhan Thakkar, President & CEO
FOREsight Financial Services for Good
New York, NY

North Carolina

Andrew Matroni, Founder & CEO
Queen City Catering
Charlotte, NC

North Dakota

Kari Marie Weigel, Executive Director/Owner
Sylvan Learning Center
Bismarck, ND

Ohio

David Nolan, President
Quality Control Services, LLC
Cleveland, OH

Oklahoma

Tracy Evans, CEO
Woodward Wellness Center, LLC
Woodward, OK

Oregon

Matthew Gregory Higgins, Owner
Coava Coffee Roasters Inc.
Portland, OR

Pennsylvania

William Campbell, CEO
Water Treatment Services
First Defense Operations Management
Monroeville, PA

Puerto Rico

Alexander Gómez, President
Tijuana’s Bar & Grill Corp.
San Juan, PR

Rhode Island

Kelly Mendell, President & Majority Owner
MIKEL Inc.
Middletown, RI

South Dakota

Kevin Nyberg, President/CEO
Nyberg’s Ace Hardware Inc.
Sioux Falls, SD

Tennessee

Joseph Powers, Owner
Green Cube Solutions, LLC
Blountville, TN

Texas

Von Cheyenne Washington Sr., President & CEO
Integrated Defense Applications, LLC
El Paso, TX

Utah

Paul Casper Merrill, President & CEO
Casper’s Ice Cream Inc.
Richmond, UT

Vermont

Sascha Mayer, Founder/Owner
Christine Dodson, Founder/Owner
Mamava
Burlington, VT

Virginia

David S. Kyle II, President & CEO
Trademasters Service Corporation
Lorton, VA

Washington

Danny House, Owner
Dan The Sausageman
Burien, WA

West Virginia

Douglas Tate, President & CEO
Alpha Technologies Inc.
Hurricane, WV

Wisconsin

Miles Harter, CEO
Curt Greeno, President
Dynamic Recycling
Onalaska, WI

Wyoming

Tyler Reed Miller, President
Earth Work Solutions
Gillette, WY

 

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