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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

USI graduate, trustee, received 2010 Champion of Youth First Award

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Ron Romain, president and CEO of United Companies and the alumni representative in the Board of Trustees at the University of Southern Indiana, received the Dr. William Wooten Champion of Youth First Award in October for his philanthropic support of youth and families through Youth First and other organizations.

For multiple years, Romain′s United Companies has been the title sponsor of Youth First′s annual Passport to Adventure Benefit Auction, helping raise several hundred thousand dollars for the non-profit organization.

In addition to the tribute delivered by retired physician Dr. William Wooten, the Youth First founder, Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel presented the keys to the city to Romain. Other saluting the honoree included Mike Sutton, president & CEO of the Bank of Evansville, Rick Geissinger, president & CEO of American General Finance, Dr. Ronald Rochon, provost of the University of Southern Indiana, and Rick Schulz, CFO of United Companies and the chair-elect of Youth First′s Board of Directors.

Youth First presented Romain with a personal baseball card depicting Romain in a Detroit Tigers uniform. The life-long Detroit Tigers fan has played baseball most of his life. He played for Harrison High School from 1965-1969, pitching the first no-hitter in the history of the school and led his team to an undefeated season his senior year. Romain went on to play baseball and graduate from USI.

Youth First works to strengthen youth and families by providing evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors and maximize student success. The agency is best known for its School Social Work and Strengthening Families programs.

In addition to his generous support of Youth First, Romain is on the Board of Visitors of the USI Foundation and on the boards of St. Mary′s Hospital, the Evansville Police Department Foundation, Signature School Foundation, Regency Commercial Associates, and the Bank of Evansville. He is vice chairman of the Welborn Baptist Foundation Board of Directors.

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