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President and CEO
Chris Romano brings over three decades of complex, industrial services expertise to the AXIOS team. As President and CEO, he applies his strategic, solutions-driven approach to the business while driving operational excellence across the organization.
Throughout his career, Romano has held executive positions with Atlantic Scaffolding, The Brock Group and Brace Industrial Group. Before joining AXIOS in 2017, Romano spent five years at Atlantic Scaffolding. During his tenure as vice president of operations, he was integral to the company’s tenfold growth, which led to its acquisition by The Brock Group. Afterwards, he continued as both regional president and eastern U.S. division president with The Brock Group until September 2015.
A lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Romano operates out of the AXIOS headquarters located in The Woodlands, Texas.
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Viotto brings almost 15 years of finance experience in energy and industrial services to the AXIOS team. As chief financial officer, his passion is executing his role as a business partner to the leadership team and operations to support revenue and profitability growth.
Viotto comes from TechnipFMC, formerly FMC Technologies – where he began his career. Throughout his tenure with the company, he served in various operational finance and corporate finance leadership roles, most recently as Finance Director, Subsea Projects & Commercial North America. He has deep experience in project cost control, manufacturing accounting, and financial planning and analysis.
Viotto received his Bachelor of Science and MBA in Finance from Texas Tech University. A resident of Tomball, Texas, Viotto operates out of the AXIOS headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas
Vini Floris, CSP
Director of HSEQ
Vini Floris is an experienced professional in health, occupational safety, environment, and quality, as well as operational excellence in industrial services, energy, and mining.
Throughout his decades-long career, he has held positions in HSEQ, operations and project management at Veolia, TETRA Technologies, CEMEX, ERM, and the Port of Houston, handling responsibilities within the US and abroad.
Floris holds degrees in civil/environmental engineering (including his doctorate) from Colorado State University, as well as an MPA-Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Texas A&M University. He is a CSP (Certified Safety Professional), a BCEE (Board Certified Environmental Engineer), and a PE (Professional Engineer) in the State of Texas.
Floris operates out of the AXIOS headquarters located in The Woodlands, Texas.
Sales and Marketing Vice President
Lee Cleghorn has decades of strategic business development and industrial construction expertise. His knowledge of building information modeling (BIM) tools, construction methodologies and strategic business development will be instrumental in leading our industrial services sales team in supporting our clients.
Throughout his career, he has held progressively responsible business development positions with nVent, formerly Tracer Construction Company, and BrandSafway, where he led the Texas-based business development and marketing team.
Cleghorn graduated from Kent State University with a degree in mechanical engineering technology. A resident of Tomball, Texas, Cleghorn operates out of the AXIOS headquarters located in The Woodlands, Texas.
Vice President of Contracts Administration
Emily McMakin is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and currently serves as vice president of administration for AXIOS Industrial Group. She has been involved in contractor industrial services for more than 15 years.
McMakin is an accomplished professional, experienced in spearheading billing process improvements, collection efforts and system implementations. She has been highly effective in improving underperforming operations, establishing controls and improving labor efficiencies throughout her career. McMakin oversees the AXIOS ERP systems as well.
She graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in psychology.