Marietta, GA

Tom DiGregorio, owner of AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, won the Business Person of the Year award in the Experienced Entrepreneurship category by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

“Just being involved in the interview process and qualifying for the award has been really challenging, valuable, and totally worthwhile. It has proven to be a very motivating and rewarding experience for me,” says DiGregorio.

He explains that the team at AquaGuard is to thank for much of his success. “I’ve been humbled and inspired by how much pride my team has shown for me and our company. They are all so happy about me winning this award. It only reinforces my faith and belief in our ability as a ‘true team’ to make our business continue to grow in a big way!”

Nominees for this year's ceremony are grouped into three different categories based on experience - an “Experienced Entrepreneur,” with seven or more years of experience; an “Emerging Entrepreneur,” with three to seven years of experience; and an “Early Stage Entrepreneur,” with one to three years’ experience. With more than 20 years of experience, DiGregorio was nominated for the “Experienced Entrepreneur” category.

He was one of only five finalists out of the more than 100 applicants. After being a finalist in 2014, he claimed victory this year by being the sole winner in his category. Applicants were first required to answer essay questions regarding being a business person. Forty of the applicants were then selected to conduct a three-minute elevator pitch in front of a panel of 10 judges.

Finally, twenty applicants were selected to move on to the final round which included a question-and-answer session to the same panel of judges. For more than 29 years, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Atlanta Business Chronicle have recognized the area’s top start-ups and entrepreneurs by having the Business Person of the Year awards.

About AquaGuard Foundation Solutions

Since 1995, AquaGuard Foundation Solutions has been Greater Atlanta's trusted company for foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation and concrete leveling. They provide quality solutions to help customers effectively and permanently solve their foundation problems.