Romano is currently president/CEO of Associated, a distributor providing integrated supply chain solutions, as well as their newly acquired subsidiary, Peach State Integrated Technologies. Headquartered in Addison, Illinois and with seven other locations, Associated has over 50 years of experience in providing customers with innovative solutions that optimize storage and order fulfillment operations within their supply chain.
Prior to joining Associated, Romano, a 30-year material handling veteran, was CEO of Abel-Womack from 1996 through 2004. During that time, he led the dealership to achieve consistent growth of revenue and profits. From 1990 to 1996, Romano was the director of national accounts at The Raymond Corporation, where he established Raymond’s initial relationships with Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Circuit City Stores. Prior to joining Raymond he served as Controller and eventually as president/COO of Dierckx Equipment Corporation, The Raymond dealer for the New York/New Jersey area. While at Dierckx, Romano developed a financial merchandising concept modeled by many in the industry. He is also among the inaugural recipients of the Raymond Circle of Excellence Award for his many contributions.
Romano has served on the Board of Directors of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA), serving as its president in 2002. As MHEDA’s Industry Advocacy Chair, he spearheaded a broad based industry effort to increase the awareness and recognition of the strategic value of the material handling industry to its users, including academic initiatives to attract new talent.
As an industry leader, Romano has lectured and authored numerous articles for trade journals on topics including financial merchandising, equipment leasing, customer satisfaction, strategic planning, benchmarking, and brand transformation. Starting his career in the financial services industry, he served with the Certified Public Accounting firm of Deloitte. Romano is a CPA, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University.