WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Harwood, N.D., man will be honored as North Dakota’s 2019 Small Business Person of the Year at ceremonies in Washington May 5-6.

Troy Derheim, founder and CEO of Derheim, Inc., is one of 53 winners representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

The Small Business Administration will announce the national Small Business Person of the Year at the event.

Derheim Inc. is a corporation that owns and manages Derheim’s multiple business ventures in the health, recreation and aquatics areas.

According to Derheim’s LinkedIn profile, his ventures and positions include:

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  • President of My Aquatic Services, located at 2809 Highway 10 E., Moorhead. The firm designs, builds, and services swimming pools, swim spas, and aquatic therapy environments for residential and commercial needs. My Aquatic Services is one of 10 firms named Aqua 100 award winners for 2019.
  • Executive director of Fargo-based non-profit Aquatics Empowered, which helps communities develop options to provide aquatic therapy.
  • President of Healthcare Empowered. The firm provides CEO services, billing guidance, ancillary products and marketing services to clinics.
  • CEO of TADREI, a real estate investment and rehabilitation firm located in Lakeville, Minn.

He was founder, owner and president of Tubs of fun! The Family Recreation Superstore! In Fargo and Grand Forks. He operated the business for more than 24 years, ending in Nov. 2015.

He earned a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Mary in Bismarck.

He was in the U.S. Army from 1989 to 1991, with service in the Gulf War.

“I am delighted to recognize the 53 winners from across the country as they gather in our nation’s capital,” SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said in a news release. “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.”

National Small Business Week is May 5-11.