Greg Romano has joined the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) as its Vice President, Public Relations, bringing more than 20 years of public relations experience—most recently at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)—and a strong aviation background to the position.
"We have worked with Greg during his tenure at NOAA on weather issues related to aviation," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "His depth of knowledge and passion for his work will make him an asset to AOPA. In addition, Greg is an instrument-rated private pilot with a true understanding of general aviation."
Romano will oversee AOPA's Media and Public Relations department, with responsibility for promoting a positive image of AOPA and general aviation to the public, presenting AOPA's position on issues through media interviews and outreach, and managing AOPA Project Pilot and AOPA's presence at aviation events and airshows. He looks forward to putting his public relations skills to work in the aviation industry, and considers his new position at AOPA a "dream job."
Prior to joining AOPA, Romano was Director of Public Affairs at NOAA's National Weather Service, where his responsibilities included working with aviation organizations on weather-related issues, serving as the National Weather Service's spokesman to national and local media, and managing crisis communications, news conferences, and other media events. His public relations career spans more than two decades, working primarily with major public relations firms in Los Angeles before relocating to the Washington, D.C., area in 2003.
Romano resides in Brandywine, Md.
The 414,000-member AOPA has represented the interests of general aviation (GA) pilots since 1939. GA includes all flying except the scheduled airlines and the military. Nearly two-thirds of all U.S. pilots, and three-quarters of the GA pilots, are AOPA members.
December 6, 2007