Ronald D. Romain
CEO & President – United Companies
Ronald Romain is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of United Companies comprised of Professional Transportation, Inc., Romain Automotive Group, and United Leasing & Finance.
Mr. Romain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Southern Indiana (USI). He is active in a number of civic and charitable organizations including University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors, Regency Commercial Associates Board of Managers, Koch Enterprises Board, St. Mary’s HR Committee, Southwest Indiana Business Leaders Early Childhood Roundtable, Signature School Foundation, and the Evansville Regional Business Committee.
Vice-President – United Companies
Amy Romain-Barron began her career as the third generation with United Companies in 1999 and currently holds the position of Vice President with the company. Ms. Romain is directly involved with the day to day business operations of PTI and Romain Automotive Group. She is also a member of the company’s Steering Committee which directly involves leading the United Companies’ Quality Improvement Process.
Ms. Romain graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University (Bloomington.)
She has been involved in numerous civic and community organizations including President of the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation Foundation, YWCA Board Member, Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Evansville Vice President and Board Member.
Executive Vice President & CFO – United Companies
Rick Schulz started with United Companies in 1992 as Chief Financial Officer and directly manages the company’s Strategy Planning, Finance, Treasury, and Management Information Systems. Prior to his tenure with United Companies, Mr. Schulz worked in Public Accounting and held various financial management positions with RCA, General Electric, and Thomson Consumer Electronics.
Mr. Schulz graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Indianapolis. He earned the CPA designation in 1986 and is a member of American Institute of CPAs. Mr. Schulz and his family live in Evansville, IN, where he is actively involved with numerous philanthropic organizations. He is a past Chairman of the Board and current board member for Youth First and a board member for Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville (GAGE).
Vice-President & COO – United Leasing & Finance
Martha Ahlers has over 20 years of commercial leasing experience and started with United Leasing & Finance in 1996. Prior to her promotion to Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, she was an Account Manager. Mrs. Ahlers holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois. She has been involved in numerous civic and community organizations including the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Ohio Valley Board of Directors as well as Vice Chairman of the 2016 Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) Board of Directors.
COO – Professional Transportation, Inc.
Dave Howland joined United Companies in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer at PTI. Raised in central Illinois, Mr. Howland began his transportation career with Burlington Northern and quickly established his leadership and mentoring capabilities.
Prior to relocating in Evansville, Indiana, he worked in various U.S. transportation corporations including APL Logistics, Schneider National, Inc. and C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. Mr. Howland has extensive experience in rail, intermodal, trucking, logistics and brokerage operations.
Executive Vice President of Accounting – United Companies
Brad Harrison is a graduate of Ball State University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Mr. Harrison is a Certified Public Accountant. Upon graduation, he joined Citizens Bank in Evansville, Indiana initially in the Commercial Credit Department and was subsequently promoted to Commercial Loan Officer.
In 1978, Mr. Harrison joined an Evansville based Accounting Firm. Over the next 10 years he received a number of promotions and became a Partner in the Firm. In 1992, Mr. Harrison founded the Accounting Firm, Vowells, Harrison and Co. CPA’s focusing on Accounting and Taxation for clients in the Evansville area.
One of the larger clients of the Firm was Ronald Romain and United Leasing & Finance In that capacity, Mr. Harrison was involved as a consultant in the formation of both Romain Buick, Inc. and Professional Transportation, Inc.
In 1998, he joined United Leasing & Finance of Evansville, Indiana as Director of Accounting managing the daily accounting functions for the leasing company. Mr. Harrison was subsequently promoted to Vice President of Accounting for United Companies. In this capacity, he is currently responsible for the management of all accounting functions and accounting personnel employed by the four primary business units.
COO – Romain Automotive Group
John K. Roettger began his career with United Companies in 1986 as the General Manager of Romain Buick, Inc. and currently holds the position with Romain Automotive Group as the Executive Manager. A seasoned professional, Mr. Roettger has 35 years in the automotive industry including employment with Cadillac Motor Car Division and several other retail automobile dealerships. He also acquired a special achievement in the industry as a Cadillac Master Dealer.
Mr. Roettger earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and his Master in Business Administration from Indiana University. He is a member of several honor societies including Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon and Beta Gamma Sigma. Along with numerous community and civic memberships, Mr. Roettger was also past President of the Evansville Morning Rotary Club.
Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer – United Companies
Dick Lynch joined United Companies in 2015 as Executive Vice President of Human Resources. He has extensive HR experience in numerous roles throughout his notable career including management consultant, strategic advisor and executive coach with 30+ years of experience. He has worked in executive HR roles at two Fortune 50 companies as well as led a merger of equals as the SVP of HR.
Mr. Lynch earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and holds Master degrees in Business Administration, Human Resource Management and Organizational Management from the University of Northern Colorado.
Ryan K. Parker
Ryan Parker joined United Companies in 2013 as Vice President of Administration. Prior to returning to his hometown of Evansville, Indiana, he worked in private law practice and in-house counsel capacities in Orlando, Florida from 2004-2013 working for an array of clients such as: Walt Disney, Inc., Darden Restaurants, J.P Morgan, GE Capital Solutions, and Bank of America. He also was the Director of Legal Services for the largest trade association in the State of Florida-“Florida Realtors.” Before moving to Florida to attend law school, Ryan was employed by various Evansville based companies such as Old National Trust Company, Fifth-Third Bank and Schultheis Insurance.
Ryan earned his undergraduate degree in Finance and Business from the University of Evansville and his professional doctorate in law from Florida State University. He continues to be a licensed Florida attorney focusing on real estate, development, banking, finance and corporate law.