The Principals

The Academy Group was founded by Art Romero and Dr. Christopher B. Howard in 2006. As roommates at the Air Force Academy and members of the Class of 1991, each of them have pursued their individual careers in different and unique directions. Between them they have gathered a vast amount of experiences and have established a wide array of relationships along the way. As a client of our firm, we are able to leverage those experiences and relationships for your benefit.

Art Romero

     Art Romero has been a professional recruiter for a total of fourteen years. Over the past ten years he has focused his efforts on the Financial Services industry and has placed over 400 candidates with companies like Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, Morgan Stanley, Legg Mason and Citigroup to name a few. In addition to his recruiting efforts, Mr. Romero is also a Commercial Pilot which he enjoys pursuing on a part-time basis. He has instructed and helped several Air Force cadets and officers to become pilots in the United States Air Force. He has volunteered his time helping coach a youth hockey league at the Air Force Academy, and has volunteered with an organization called Reach For Tomorrow helping disadvantaged youth participate in educational and flying experiences around the country. Wishing to share his passion for the space program, he recently created a three month curriculum for a local 5th grade class to bring them a one on one experience with astronauts of the STS - 131 Space Shuttle Mission. This lesson culminated with a personal visit from some of those astronauts visiting this 5th grade class a month after their mission had ended.He continues to volunteer his time by teaching and flying with youth from the local community as a way to share his love for aviation with the next generation.

Dr. Christopher Howard

    In addition to the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, Dr. Christopher Howard is also a distinguished Graduate of Harvard University's MBA program. As a retired officer in the Air Force, Dr. Howard served in many roles in the intelligence community as well as earning his wings as a United States Air Force pilot. He was also awarded a Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan. He has served in high-level executive roles both at Bristol-Myers Squibb and at General Electric. He currently serves as the President of Hamden-Sydney College in Virginia distinguishing him as the first Air Force Academy Graduate to become a President of a college or university. He also currently serves on several Executive Boards around the country. He was recently nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as a member of the National Security Education Program Board. His contributions to The Academy Group as a consultant and relationship-builder are an invaluable asset to both our candidates and to the clients that we serve.


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