Joseph J. Corrado, Sr.



Joseph J. Corrado, Sr. joined the Corrado family business after graduating from St. Joseph’s University in 1968.

Originally president of Corrado American, which was founded by Joe’s father, he became president of Corrado Management Systems in 1984. He has been responsible for the overall administration and strategic planning for a list of highly-diversified clients involved in all aspects of the construction industry. His effective management style has enabled him to keep Corrado Management and its clients ahead of the competition and wholly prepared given an ever-changing business and economic landscape.

Through his tenure, Joe has been a member of a variety of organizations and has served on numerous boards. Joe is a former member of the Delaware Contractors Association (DCA) Board of Directors and once chaired its Legislative Committee.  He is past president of the Delaware Utility and Transportation Contractors Association (DUTCA) and served on the Board of Directors of its national organization, the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA). In 1982, Joe received NUCA’s highest honor when he was named Ditchdigger of the Year.

Joe was appointed by the Governor of Delaware to serve as a member of the Clean Water Advisory Council (formerly the Wastewater Advisory Council) in 1995 and was appointed Chairman in 1998. His participation on the Board continued until 2015.

In 1999, Joe was appointed Chairman of the City of Wilmington Combined Sewer Overflow Committee.  The Committee was responsible for assisting the City of Wilmington with planning and funding to eliminate wastewater overflows into the Brandywine and Christina rivers.

In 2001, Joe was appointed as a member to the Livable Delaware Committee, which was formed by Governor Minner.  Livable Delaware has promoted smart growth throughout the State and has been the point source for related initiatives. Governor Minner also appointed Joe to serve on the Chesapeake Bay Funding Panel, whose charge was to identify funding for the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

In 2015, Joe was appointed a member on the Infrastructure Task Force, a team that developed funding legislation for Delaware’s infrastructure, especially water, wastewater and storm water.

He was appointed a co-chair on the Mayor Purzycki Public Works Transition Team in 2016 to develop recommendations for the Public Works Department.

Over the past fifty years, Joe has served on other committees and task forces on both state and local levels to address issues integral to the success of the Delaware business community. Joe’s passion for – and vision of – the connection between the environment and both public and private sectors has brought about monumental improvements to the infrastructure, the environment, and the people of the State of Delaware.

Highlights of Joe’s career include:

  • creating a limited access highway connecting Dover to I-95;
  • adopting standard specifications for the construction of sanitary and storm sewer and water lines;
  • implementing statewide compliance with the Federal Storm Water Management Act;
  • implementing statewide compliance with NPDES Permit regulations;
  • developing state regulations for solid waste management;
  • developing solid waste recycling regulations;
  • generating alternative energy from recycled products;
  • working toward a comprehensive wetlands law;
  • tightening specifications for storm sewer pipe to reduce the amount of infiltration and exfiltration; and
  • promoting the use of recycled products in construction and development activities.

Currently, Joe is assisting with the transition of Corrado’s 71 year-old business to the family’s third generation.  He is active in business development and is a member of several business organizations.