Steve Lex of Pettinaro is the winner of the 2019 Charter Cup. This award is presented annually to the ABC contractor member who exemplifies the true meaning of the Merit Shop philosophy and has contributed most to the association.



ABC Delaware Chairman Jeff DiSabatino (left) presents Steve Lex with the Charter Cup.


Steve has shown incredible passion for the protection of free enterprise and open competition in Delaware and is never afraid to speak out on his beliefs. Pettinaro Construction was a founding member of ABC Delaware in 1981 and he is the second winner of the Charter Cup from this company. Verino Pettinaro was the winner in 1994.

He has served on the Board of Directors and held every office in the association including Chair in 2017. He also served a 3-yar term on the ABC National Board of Directors.

Steve has always been one of the first members to step up and help ABC on legislative matters, growing membership or promoting the importance of engaging future leaders into the association to create the next generation of ABC supporters. He was instrumental in developing and implementing our Young Professional of the Year award to promote the outstanding involvement these individuals provide to our association.

He has been a strong supporter and contributor of both our local Political Action committee and national Political Action committee, which helps elect pro-merit shop ­legislators.  He also encourages other ABC members to get involved and helps them understand the value of participation in our association.

“Steve is one of the most avid supporters of ABC and promotes our association on a daily basis with his employees and friends,” said Edward Capodanno, ABC Delaware President. “He is the current chair of our Legislative/Legal Rights committee and during his year as Chair, instituted our weekly member visits to Legislative Hall as a way of promoting our views on issues affecting our industry. He was also past chair of our Membership Committee prior to serving on the board. He is an individual that truly embodies the spirit of ABC and is well deserving of this award.”



 2016  2017  2018 2019  
 Sonny Telford
Sobieski Life Safety
 Paul Langan
Tri-M Group
 Lorri Grayson
GGA Construction
Steve Lex
Pettinaro Construction
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Joe Moretto
Pearce & Moretto
John Gooden
Joe Swarter
Custom Iron
Lew Morrison
County Group
Richard Rettig
Merit Mechanical
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Douglas Johnston
Bruce Industrial
Stanley R. Sykora
Erco Ceilings, Blinds & Floors
Gary Drumheller
SC&A Construction
Michael B. Berardi
Nason Construction
William B. Robinson, Jr.
George & Lynch
2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
Richard H. Treml
Delcard Associates
Robert C. Suppe
RC Fabricators
John W. Walker, Jr.
J.W. Walker & Sons
Steven G. Dignan
Paul A. Nickle
Ralph G. Degli Obizzi, Jr.
Ralph G. Degli Obizzi & Sons, Inc.
2000 1999 1998 1997 1996
Leonard Iacono
Daisy Construction Company
John W. Walker, Sr.
J.W. Walker & Sons
Ronald T. Moore
J.A. Moore & Soons, Inc.
James A. Cerullo
Wohlsen Construction Company
David "Corky" Jacobi
Jacobi Contractors
1995 1994 1993 1992 1991
John S. Bonk
M. Davis & Sons, Inc.
Verino Pettinaro
Pettinaro Construction Company
Daniel N. Delcollo
Delcollo Electric, Inc.
Ralph G. Degli Obizzi, Sr
Ralph G. Degli Obizzi & Sons, Inc.
Lawrence J. DiSabatino
DiSabatino Construction
1990 1989 1988 1987 1986
Dennis W. Neal
Neal's Inc.
Karl Kraus
Kershaw Construction Company
James R. Gordon
Wyman Electrical Service Company
S. Kenneth Adams
Pace Electric, Inc.
S. Kenneth Adams
Coastal Group, Inc.