Delaware Business Times honors state’s family-owned businesses

Giorgi Kitchen & Design
The Giorgi family, owners of Giorgi Kitchen & Design

More than 170 people celebrated with the winners of the Delaware Business Times’ Family Owned Business Awards at the Christiana Hilton on June 24.

Union Park Automotive
The Ursomarso family, owners of Union Park Automotive group with Allan Ash and Robert Martinelli of Today Media Inc.

Seventeen family firms were finalists for the awards. The companies had a combined 914 years in business, and up to five generations of family members participating in the businesses. Only 30 percent of family-owned businesses make it to the second generation, said Rob Martinelli, CEO/president of Today Media, the parent company of the Delaware Business Times.

Union Park Automotive
The Ursomarso family, owners of Union Park Automotive group with Allan Ash and Robert Martinelli of Today Media Inc.
Mary Lenhoff
Mary Lenhoff, owner of
Bridgewater Jewelers

The oldest business nominated was Bridgewater Jewelers, founded in 1883.

Seven of the businesses are based in Wilmington, one each in Laurel and Seaford, two in Newport, three in New Castle and three in Newark.

The finalists: Assurance Media of Wilmington, Boulden Brothers of Newark, Bridgewater Jewelers of New Castle, Dukes Lumber Co. of Laurel, Fusco Management of New Castle, Giorgi Kitchens & Designs of Wilmington, Harvey, Hanna & Associates of Newport, Joseph Frederick & Sons of Wilmington, Lyons Companies of Wilmington, Mercantile Press of Wilmington, Nixon Uniform Service of New Castle, Pettinaro Companies of Newport, Polymer Technologies of Newark, Sussex Printing of Seaford, Tri-State Battery of Newark, Union Park Automotive Group of Wilmington and Waste Masters Solutions of New Castle.

David Lyons Jr. of Lyons Companies and Mark Hutton of M&T Bank
David Lyons Jr. of Lyons Companies and Mark Hutton of M&T Bank

This year’s judges were Rob Martinelli; Charlie Tomlinson, vice president of business development at Today Media; Allan Ash, associate publisher of the Delaware Business Times; Sam Waltz, the paper’s founding publisher; Margo Reign, business loan advisor for the Delaware Small Business Development Center, and Lisa Sable, mid-Atlantic region executive for Vistage International.

Vistage International
Lisa Sable and Doug Ainsworth
of Vistage International

The winners:

Small-size business: Fusco Management

Fusco Management
The Fusco family, owners
of Fusco Management

Medium-size business: Joseph Frederick & Sons, Sussex Printing/The Guide

Large-size business: Pettinaro Companies

Pettinaro Companies
Verino and Midge Pettinaro of Pettinaro Companies

Specialty Awards: 

The Community Service Award is given to the business that shows excellence in its level of community service: Harvey, Hanna & Associates

Harvey, Hanna and Associates
Robin Adair with Thom Harvey of Harvey, Hanna and Associates

The Customer Service Award is given to that business which shows excellence in customer service: Bridgewater Jewelers

The Innovation and Technology Award is given to the business doing something different or modernizing operations to better serve its customers and clients: Polymer Technologies

Assurance Media
Jennifer McKenzie, president of Assurance Media

The Emerging Family Business Award is given to the business that shows remarkable growth or market share: Assurance Media.

The Legacy Business Award is presented to a multi-generational company continuing to involve all family members actively in its daily operations and having an overall impact on Delaware and the business community: Union Park Automotive Group

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