As cofounder of the Pop Warner Football organization in Colts Neck, New Jersey, Mario Romano knows the importance of the history behind its name. “It’s very important to have an idea of where we are coming from, so we know where we are headed here in Colts Neck,” Mario Romano explains. While the sports program Mario Romano started in Colts Neck was more about accessibility, Joe Tomlin created the original Pop Warner Football league in 1929 to prevent vandalism. Mario Romano Colts Neck describes how a factory in Northeast Philadelphia experienced 100 shattered windows. “Kids were breaking countless windows while they were playing outside,” explains Mario Romano Colts Neck, “so Joe Tomlin started what was called the Junior Football Conference in 1929.”
By 1939, the Conference had expanded from 4 to 16 teams. Just as Mario Romano’s Colts Neck league grew in a short amount of time, Tomlin’s league was rapidly expanding. “1939 was the year Glenn Scobie Warner was asked to speak at a Junior Football Conference banquet,” Mario Romano Colts Neck describes. Mario Romano of Colt’s Neck detailed the set of events that led to the league’s new name. “Joe Tomlin had arranged for about a dozen speakers to come to the banquet along with Glenn “Pop” Warner,” Mario Romano Colts Neck notes, “but with an unexpected burst of dangerously icy weather, Pop was the only one to show.” The rest, as Colts Neck’s Mario Romano says, is history.
Mario Romano tells his Colts Neck athletes about the way Pop Warner engaged the 800 excited young football players for nearly two hours. “I’ve told athletes from Colts Neck,” Mario Romano notes, “that, on that night, Pop Warner filled the void of 12 respected coaches – and then some!” Mario Romano of Colts Neck has had his share of experiences with public speaking, and notes that young athletes can be one of the toughest crowds. If he were alive today and in Colts Neck, Mario Romano would love to see how Pop Warner would handle the local athletes. “If Pop Warner can handle 800 young men at once,” Mario Romano suggests, “Colts Neck would be no problem for him.”
When it came time for Pop Warner to end his program with the youth in the Junior Football league, Mario Romano Colts Neck explains how a very peculiar thing happened. Immersing himself in youth sports around Colts Neck, Mario Romano feels the history behind the Pop Warner Football name. “That night, after Pop Warner finished,” Mario Romano Colts Neck describes, “the youth program was renamed the ‘Pop Warner Conference’ – right then and there!
Mario Romano Colts Neck began his career on Wall Street in 1982. Studying there under some of the most prestigious financial professionals of our time before moving to Colts Neck, Mario Romano graduated from St. John’s University well ahead of his class. Relocating to the Colts Neck area, Mario Romano continued serving as an executive with a select group of Wall Street institutions. From his base in Colts Neck, Mario Romano co-founded Wealth Engineering and Development in 2005. Currently residing in Colts Neck, Mario Romano brings over twenty-five years of Wall Street experience to his mission of providing financial education to the masses worldwide. Mario Romano Colts Neck lives with his wife Gina and their three children. Mario Romano is known in the community of Colts Neck as a key proponent of youth sports and education for the instrumental role he played in bringing Pop Warner Football to the area.