For over a century Romanian-American communities have been getting larger and stronger. Nevertheless, we have to acknowledge that most Americans do not know enough about Romanians and where we come from.
The presence of Romanians in USA has been noted since the end of the 18th century. In the first part of the 20th century this has become more prominent, especially in the midwestern states of Ohio, Michigan and Illinois, with a majority in the metropolitan areas of Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago.
Towards the end of the century, due to the lack of religious and political freedom, great waves of Romanian immigrants have established in the United States from one coast to the other, but the lack of trust among Romanians, result of the ideology planted by the communist system, has lead to the isolation of one from another.
Today, over 17 years since the overthrow of the communist dictatorship in Romania, an estimated 1.5 million people of Romanian origin live in the United States of America. Communication among them is not yet sufficient.
The purpose of this book has been from its first edition to identify and promote the success of the Romanian-Americans, in the fields of business, culture and professional services. The current edition presents many of such successes and is intended to be an information and communication tool. Meanwhile it has to be a relevant business card of the Romanian-American community to the American and Romanian authorities.
Having lived in the Romanian-American community for the last twentytwo years, we have seen an awakening among our ethnic group and an increase of interest in preserving and promoting our heritage. We are certain that individual efforts such as this, as well as those of established organizations geared to unite in one way or another the members of our ethnic community, will result in more appreciation and understanding of our origin.
The 5th edition of the Romanian-American YELLOW PAGESTM guide brings to the reader revised and more complete information pertaining to the life of the Romanian-Americans. It does not include all data, even though we wish we could publish all that we have. The firms and persons that do not have their coordinates and contact information included in this book have chosen for personal reasons, to be published exactly so.
We wish to use this opportunity to express our thanks to all those that have understood our effort and have supported us in this project.
We pray that God will bless this work
and make it useful for the betterment of our community!