About Romeo RIM, Inc.
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Executive Management | Mission | Company History | Association Memberships
Randy Johnson – President and
Randy re-joined Romeo RIM in 2014 as President and CEO. Randy
previously worked for Romeo RIM for 9 years in the 1990’s, holding several
positions in engineering and sales while culminating to the VP of Product
Management responsible for the sales and engineering organizations.
Randy became VP and General Manager for two other Reserve Group
companies in Pennsylvania and North Carolina before leaving the organization
to become General Manager for Eagle Ottawa LLC, a $900M automotive leather
manufacturer. During his 12 years at Eagle Ottawa, Randy led
Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing, Materials, Global Engineering, and
Launch. His final assignment was VP of Global Operations, leading over
5,000 associates across the globe. Randy also worked for Chrysler Corporation.
Randy holds an MBA with honors from Wayne State University, as well as
a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota School of
Mines. Randy has a certificate in Lean
Manufacturing from the University of Michigan, is a strong Lean practitioner, and
a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence.
Randy believes the key to success in any organization is partnering
with customers, leadership mentoring and development, and a relentless
commitment to a Lean Enterprise.
Gary Draeger – Chief Financial
Gary joined Romeo RIM in 2012 as Chief Financial
Officer. Gary has over 30 years of financial and accounting
leadership in automotive, agricultural, and heavy-duty construction vehicle
manufacturing with both privately-held and publicly-traded international
companies. Gary previously worked for Ernst & Young as Senior
Manager, Acument Technologies as Director of Finance and Cooper Standard
Automotive as Group Controller.
Gary is a CPA and holds an MBA in International Finance and Corporate
Strategy from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan as
well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of
Gary believes the success of an organization is linked to its ability
to carefully craft a pragmatic and well thought out strategic vision that is
understood throughout the organization and is supported with accurate and
transparent financial reporting and analysis.
Tim Howell – General Manager
Tim joined Romeo RIM in 2011 as General Manager. Tim has had various manufacturing
leadership roles, beginning with Ford Motor Company where he attained the
role of “RIM Expert” at the Utica Trim Plant.
Tim worked at the Utica facility for 10 years during the 1990’s,
responsible for multiple manufacturing processes including fascia, seating, energy-absorbing foam, and tail lamp and instrument panel operations.
Tim advanced to become General Manager for various tier-I automotive
manufacturing companies with responsibility for multi-site operations,
revenues of $300M, and a workforce of 700 associates.
Tim holds a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Management from
Kettering University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from
Drexel University. Tim is a published
author and S.A.E. presenter for two Structural RIM papers during his
employment with ICI Polyurethanes.
Tim believes discipline and follow-through are the foundation of
Paul Barick – Director of Quality and Environmental Systems
Paul joined Romeo RIM in 1989 as Manufacturing Engineer. Paul has led Romeo RIM through the implementation of several versions of automotive-level quality systems, from Ford Q1 through QS9000, to the most recent ISO-based system utilized today. He has also managed several other manufacturing-related functions at Romeo RIM prior to his current position as Director of Quality and Environmental Management. Paul previously worked for The Budd Company, Stamping and Frame Division, where he developed methods for assessing plant efficiencies and assisted in planning innovative manufacturing processes for the production of Class ‘A’ automotive body panels.
Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Paul believes the most successful organizations are those that strive for high levels of customer satisfaction while creating an environment where quality is truly understood to be everyone’s responsibility.
Honey Dennison – Director of Human Resources and Safety
Honey joined Romeo RIM in 2011 as Director of Human Resources. Honey has over 20 years of Human Resources leadership experience with a strong emphasis on employee relations, culture alignment, and organizational development. Honey previously worked for Keihin North America as Manager of Human Resources and was promoted to the role of Manager of Organizational Development responsible for all five U.S. locations and Guardian Industries as Divisional Human Resources Manager, Automotive Trim Division.
Honey holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Baker College. Honey is a certified Human Resources Generalist and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Honey believes an organization is only as strong as its people therefore, exceptional talent management that enables participation in the overall direction of the organization is paramount for success.
Matt Getty – Director of Engineering and Innovation
Matt joined Romeo RIM in 2007 as Applications
Engineer. During Matt’s time at Romeo RIM, he has been directly
responsible for product engineering and business development activities, with a
focus on developing new technologies and markets for Romeo RIM. Matt
previously worked for Aspen Surgical Products as a New Product Development
Engineer where he designed developed several disposable and reusable surgical
products still used in the medical field today.
Matt holds a MBA from Walsh College, as well as a Bachelor’s
degree in Engineering Design Technology where he specialized in plastic design
and processing. Matt is also an active member of the Society of Plastics
Matt believes that creativity and innovation are essential
elements for an organization. True innovation creates opportunities where
companies can thrive by providing unparalleled value to customers and
Vernon Loepp – Director
of Sales and Marketing
Vernon joined Romeo RIM in 2014 as Business Development
Manager, Heavy Truck & Specialty Automotive with over 20 years of sales and
business development experience in global markets within the automotive and
non-automotive markets. He has built a solid reputation in relationship
building and demonstrating integrity. Vernon previously worked for a
tier-1 automotive supplier as Sales/Business Development Manager. He has
working knowledge of various molding techniques within the composite, chroming,
and Class-A paint applications.
Vernon studied for a Business Management degree with a
concentration in global markets.
Vernon believes the success of any organization is practice
through the 3P’s . . . People, Process, and Products, which are the
fundamentals for manufacturing optimization, business growth, and
sustainability within the entered markets.
Tom Herron – Value Stream/Launch Manager
Tom joined Romeo RIM in 2008 as Operations Analyst. Tom worked in various positions within Romeo RIM before his current position as Value Stream / Launch Manager. Tom has over 15 years of experience managing the launch of new product programs and the implementation, of Lean Manufacturing methods.
Tom holds an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Detroit. Tom is a Lean Manufacturing certificate holder from the University of Michigan and has trained and implemented Lean Manufacturing methods in the U.S. and Mexico. Tom also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and is a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence.
Tom believes focus on processes is important. When the process produces as defined and is continuously improved, then goals for safety, quality, delivery, and cost are achieved.
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Romeo RIM, Inc. will be a high growth composites company providing technically advanced, engineered solutions which strengthen, protect and enhance the appearance & performance of our customers' products.
Romeo RIM will be a high-growth company by:
- Producing products in a safe environment.
- Providing quality and delivery mandatory to maintain our customer relationships.
- Developing a cost structure that provides value to our shareholders.
- Developing innovative products that our customers will demand.
Health and Safety:
Our team members are the lifeblood of our organization. You create an environment that promotes their overall well-being while minimizing our impact on the environment.
Excellence in all things:
The customer can count on you to exceed their requirements for value through exceptional innovation, quality, and delivery. You display a constant sense of urgency so that we remain ahead of the curve on all issues. Complacency never applies at Romeo RIM.
Committed to the Mastery of Execution:
As a company, Romeo Rim is committed to mastering execution, to having execution at a high level be a core competency. You are open to continuous learning and to improving, to practice and to discipline. We are all in this together, and you take it on for yourself as well.
Capable and Empowered:
You ensure we have the right people in the right jobs and give them the resources and authority to do their job.
Incorruptible; honest and transparent.
Put other team-members' priorities at the same priority as your own. You work to see things from the other person’s perspective. You foster an environment where brutal, constructive honesty among team members is not just tolerated but expected.
It is important for us to have a work environment that we can enjoy. It is fun to be productive and successful.
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Romeo RIM, Inc. was founded in December of 1982 with assets purchased from the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. At the time, its principle line of products included injection molded and blow molded components for automobiles and reaction injection molded (RIM) energy absorbing bumper products for transit buses.
The company's base product was known as the HELP® (High Energy Level Polymer) energy absorbing bumper system sold to 90% of new buses built for the Unites States and Canadian transit markets.
Since then Romeo RIM, Inc. has expanded their RIM technology capabilities and introduced it to new markets and applications. Their commitment to commercializing innovative composite technologies has been demonstrated by their early adoption of dicyclcopentadiene (DCPD) and polyurethane long fiber injection (LFI) processes.
Their commitment to quality has been confirmed by continuously upgrading Romeo's quality systems registrations: ISO 14001 and ISO9001:2000.
Romeo RIM is well poised to support its customers with continuous improvements for active production components, value analysis, and new product development.
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Romeo RIM, Inc. is a member of these worthy organizations and urges you to consider supporting them by joining their membership.
||The Society of the Plastics Industry
1667 K St., NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20006
||American Public Transit Association
1666 K Street NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
||Canadian Urban Transit Association
55 York Street, Suite 1401
Toronto, Ontario CANADA M5J 1R7
1722 J Street, Suite 20
Sacramento, CA 95814-3033
||Community Transit Association of America
1341 G St NW, 10 th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
||Romeo Washington Chamber of Commerce
228 N. Main, Suite D
Romeo, MI 48065
||DeWitt Chamber of Commerce
524 10th Street
DeWitt , IA 52742
||American Society of Employers
23815 Northwestern Highway
Southfield , MI 48075-7713
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