Amy Romain Barron takes over for Ron Romain as United Companies CEO

EVANSVILLE − A third generation has taken the helm of United Companies, a family-owned collection of companies based in Evansville that employs more than 4,400 people across 40 states and manages a portfolio of client- and corporate-owned assets in all 50 states and Canada.

Amy Romain Barron is now CEO, taking over the role from her father, Ronald D. Romain, who had held it since 1986 and is now executive chairman.

Romain’s father, Robert Romain Sr., founded the firm in 1964 and was the first to offer auto leasing options to Tri-State businesses. Daily car rentals began in 1966.

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The main branches of the business are United Leasing & Finance; Professional Transportation Inc., which provides crew transportation services for railroads throughout the Midwest; Romain Automotive Group; and Tri-State Aero, the fixed base operation at Evansville Regional Airport. Tri-State Aero was acquired in 2022.

Amy Romain Barron

Romain attributed the company’s six decades of success to “our ability to attract and develop high-performing team members over a long period of time. Their understanding of our culture, customer relationships, process improvement initiatives and commitment to our community are all elements that have provided our platform for growth.”

Barron agreed that the firm’s employees are crucial to the company’s ongoing growth; the company wants to help foster their education and personal and professional development.


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