The new multipurpose complex at Harrison High School was formally named “Romain Stadium” during a dedication ceremony prior to Harrison’s home varsity football game on Friday, September 16, 2011. Ron Romain, CEO of United Companies, has many fond memories from time spent at Harrison High School. The 1969 graduate was a standout baseball player, pitching the first no-hitter in the history of the school, and leading his team to an undefeated season his sophomore year. But, Romain’s decision to support the Harrison High School multipurpose complex wasn’t just about helping his alma mater. The Romain family has deep roots in Evansville, and more specifically with education and Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.
Ron, the fourth of five siblings, was raised on Evansville’s east side by Robert Sr. and Betty Romain. Each of the Romain children attended public school. Ron attended Central United Methodist Church and met his wife, Connie, a 1970 Reitz High School graduate, at a youth group meeting. Ron and Connie went on to graduate from the University of Southern Indiana. The couple valued the educations they received in the EVSC and chose to send their children, Amy and Jeff, to public schools.
When approached about supporting the Harrison High School project, Ron and Connie already were involved with youth programs and initiatives aimed at bolstering community educational opportunities. Ron’s three decade long involvement with the childcare program at Central United Methodist Church led to a passion for early childhood development. That passion carried over into his work as a member of the board of directors with the Welborn Foundation. Ron was deeply involved in developing a community-wide initiative aimed at improving early childhood development on a wider scale. His focus on education is also evident in his service on the Signature School Foundation board of directors, and as a member of the board of trustees at University of Southern Indiana.
David Smith, Superintendent
Ron’s business, United Companies, is the holding company for United Leasing & Finance Inc., Professional Transportation Inc. (PTI), and Romain Automotive Group. The company supports more than 30 community wide, nonprofit organizations each year.
Ron and Connie’s daughter, Amy Romain-Barron, is Vice President of United Companies. An Evansville North High School and Indiana University graduate, Amy serves on the Board of Directors for EVSC Foundation. Following in her parents’ footsteps in her commitment to improving the community, she serves on many civic boards and is active in her church.
Jeff Romain, Ron and Connie’s son, is a graduate of North High School and University of Southern Indiana. He currently resides in Boulder, CO.