Recognizing the Achievements of Phil Romanoby Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson
Posted on 2015-12-16
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, tonight I want to
recognize the life and achievements of a brilliant and fascinating
man--Phil Romano. Now, although Mr. Romano is not originally from
Texas, he falls into the category of people who moved there as quickly
as he could. A man that cannot easily be entertained, Mr. Romano
bounced around the country before making Dallas his home, and bounced
through multiple successful business projects before settling with a
self-proclaimed and modest title: entrepreneur. However, Mr. Romano is
much more than an entrepreneur. He is rich in character, and Dallas is
proud to be his home.
Mr. Romano is best known for his successful career in the restaurant industry. His business ventures brought Texas as well as the nation beloved institutions such as Fuddruckers, Romano's Macaroni Grill, and Eatzi's. These business ventures solidified his status as a successful businessman, but Mr. Romano helped satisfy much more than people's appetites.
When Mr. Romano was working with a small venture capital firm SHD Management LLC, he had the keen eye to spot a good product. After talking to a cardiologist named Julio Palmaz, Mr. Romano agreed to invest capital and run the business operations for the balloon- expandable heart stent. It ended up becoming over a 10 million dollar invention, but more impressively than that, it saved countless lives, including Mr. Romano's, who now uses a heart stent after he helped invent it. When he worked in the restaurant industry he touched people's stomachs, and when he was a venture capitalist he touched people's hearts.
However, his success is most tangible in the impact he has on Dallas. His most recent project, Trinity Groves, will provide a community space for entrepreneurs to grow, businesses to invest, and people to enjoy. In addition to that, his affinity for art, embodied not only in his home but in his studio on Dragon Street in Dallas, will solidify his legacy as a brilliant and deep man.
Mr. Speaker, whether it was with a burger, a heart stent, a community, or a painting, throughout his life, Phil Romano has left a Texas-sized impression on Dallas, the city he loves that loves him back.