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 success of the association. This year’s winner is Joe Swarter of Custom Iron Shop.
Joe is a behind the scenes individual but a strong supporter of ABC. Custom Iron Shop was a founding member of ABC Delaware in 1981 and his father was actively involved helping with the formation of the chapter. Joe has always supported ABC’s efforts to protect free enterprise and open competition in Delaware. Joe served on the ABC Delaware Board of Directors for six years and as ABC Delaware Chair in 2011.
The past two years, Joe has been the chair of the ABC Membership Growth & Involvement committee which is responsible for assisting staff in recruiting quality oriented firms and developing programs for new member involvement and satisfaction. As ABC Delaware chair, one of his goals was helping ABC institute a Health & Wellness campaign to increase awareness of the cost savings benefits of a program for our members and their employees.
Joe is also a member of the ABC Legislative/Legal Rights Committee. 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. Joe is an individual who truly embodies the spirit of ABC and is well deserving of this award.