Michael Romano is currently the President/CEO of Associated, a distributor providing Integrated Supply Chain Solutions. Prior to joining Associated in 2005, Romano, a 31-year industry veteran, was CEO of Abel-Womack since 1996. From 1990 to 1996, Romano was the first Director of National Accounts at The Raymond Corporation, where he established Raymond’s initial relationships with Wal-Mart and Home Depot. Prior to joining Raymond, he served as Controller and eventually as President/COO of Dierckx Equipment Corporation, an industry distributor in New York/New Jersey.
Romano was among the inaugural recipients of the Raymond Circle of Excellence Award for his many contributions. Romano has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA), serving as its President in 2002. As MHEDA Industry Advocacy Chairman, he drove an industry effort to increase the recognition of the strategic value of the industry and its distributors to its users and within the academic community, as a means to attract future industry talent.
As an industry leader, Romano has authored numerous articles for trade journals on topics including financial merchandising, equipment leasing, customer satisfaction, strategic planning and benchmarking. Starting his career in the financial services industry, he served with Deloitte, an international Certified Public Accounting firm. Romano is a CPA, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University.