Superstars in Business

The Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business awards program, established in 1998, is given annually to extraordinary businesses in honor of Marvin S. Gilman, who was a distinguished small business leader in Delaware. As president of Gilman Development Company, Marvin Gilman directed one of the most respected homebuilding companies in the Wilmington area. 

His leadership in service and fellowship organizations was extensive, and his honors include the Distinguished Citizen Award of the State of Delaware, induction into the National Housing Hall of Fame, and the prestigious Josiah Marvel Cup Award from the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. Marvin Gilman displayed the highest ethical standards, found innovative ways to improve the world around him, and inspired others to follow in his footsteps.

The Superstars in Business award honors businesses and nonprofits for their outstanding achievements and model approaches to business and management. They are presented to companies that have been in business for at least three years, have no more than 150 employees, and are members of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. Awards of Excellence are also granted to deserving companies. Over the course of the program, the State Chamber and the Small Business Alliance have honored more than 70 Superstars.


The application process is open! Click here to download the pdf version of the application or here to apply online. The deadline to submit is Thursday, August 17 at 12 p.m. For more information, contact Kelly Wetzel.


The Marvin S. Gilman Bowl was established by the Small Business Alliance of the State Chamber in 2008 to honor an individual who has made outstanding contributions to small business and nonprofit organizations of Delaware. The Bowl is awarded annually in the memory of Marvin S. Gilman. This year's recipient will be announced at the awards luncheon.


Save the Date! The 19th Annual Superstars in Business awards luncheon is held on November 8, 2017 in the Hotel du Pont's Gold Ballroom.


Superstar Winners:

1-24 Employees – Metro Merchant Services (video)

25-59 Employees – Precision AirConvey Corporation (video)

60-150 Employees – EDiS Company (video)

Nonprofit – Special Olympics Delaware (video)

  Marvin S. Gilman Bowl Recipients: Frank & Donna Masley


Superstar Winners:

1-24 Employees – Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. (video)

25-59 Employees – Bernardon (video)

60-150 Employees – SoDel Concepts (video)

Nonprofit – Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay (video)

 Marvin S. Gilman Bowl Recipient: Richard G. "Dick" Hatfield


Superstar Winners:

1-24 Employees – MySherpa

25-59 Employees – BrightFields, Inc.

60-150 Employees – TekSolv, Inc.

Nonprofit – St. Patrick's Center

 Marvin S. Gilman Bowl Recipient: Julian "Pete" Booker


Superstar Winners:

1-24 Employees – Unique Impressions

25-59 Employees – Community Bank Delaware

60-150 Employees – Trellist Marketing & Technology

Nonprofit – Sunday Breakfast Mission



Marvin S. Gilman Bowl Recipient: Donald T. Fulton


Superstar Winners:

1-24 Employees – Blooming Boutique

25-59 Employees – Cover & Rossiter, P.A.

60-150 Employees – Emory Hill Companies

Nonprofit – Blood Bank of Delmarva

Marvin S. Gilman Bowl Recipient: Fred C. Sears, II


Superstar Winners:

1-24 Employees – Corexcel

25-64 Employees – Environmental Alliance, Inc.

65-150 Employees – EDiS Company

Nonprofit – The Ministry of Caring, Inc.

Marvin S. Gilman Bowl Recipient: Michael S. Uffner


Superstar Winners:

1-24 Employees – Laura Novak Photography & Little Nest Portraits

25-64 Employees – SSD Technology Partners

65-150 Employees – i.g. Burton and Company, Inc.

Nonprofit – Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County

Marvin S. Gilman Bowl Recipient: The Levin Family


Superstar Winners:

1-24 Employees – Home Instead Senior Care

25-64 Employees – Landmark Engineering, Inc.

65-150 Employees – Aloysius Butler & Clark

Nonprofit – Catholic Charities, Inc.

Marvin S. Gilman Bowl Recipient: Barry A. Crozier


Superstar Winners:

* 10 Year Celebration Event, no winners

Marvin S. Gilman Bowl Recipient: Albert R. Morris

For more information about the Superstars in Business Awards Program, contact Kelly Wetzel at or (302) 576-6564.