The award was initiated in 1965 by the St. Petersburg Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors’ Association as a memorial tribute to the late Bob Campanella, owner of Ace Roofing Company, in St. Petersburg. Suggestions are taken from the membership and submitted to a committee of previous Campanella Award recipients, who select the winner each year.
Trent Cotney was born and raised in Jacksonville where he has deep roots in the community. The older of two children, he is also a fifth generation Floridian who comes from a family of overachievers, which could explain where all his positive energy and drive come from. His father is an attorney and mother a schoolteacher. His family owns Paschal Brothers Hardware Store, which was opened in 1924, and a tire store that had five locations in the Jacksonville area. His paternal
grandfather was Mayor of Orange Park and the Orange Park High School Stadium is named after him. Read more.