METC Logo Craftsman of the Year


In 2002, the Board of Trustees established the Craftsman of the Year Award to honor New Jerseyans who have, in their own unique ways, significantly advanced our mission. The honorees are:

2002 Richard Bagger 2008 Martyl Pollack
2003 John Cunningham 2009 Gary Fisch
2004 Malcolm Dick 2010 Jerry Vezza
2005 John H. Bunnell 2011 Mark DeBiasse
2006 Carmine Toto, Jr. 2013 Janet W. Foster
2007Herbert P. Kean2014Sam Romano DMD

Craftsman of the Year 2014

Madison native Sam Romano DMD, a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School, established his practice in Madison in 1986. He practices an ancient profession that has grown and evolved with advances in medical science and technology. Such links from past to present are at the heart of our Museum's mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of America's past. Dr. Romano combines his professional knowledge with his skills as a craftsman to serve his patients.

Romano advances his passion for dentistry with continuing education and training with leading practitioners in his field. He received the prestigious honor of Clinical Instructor at the Kois Center for Dental Excellence in Seattle, the premier post-doctoral dental teaching center in the world. He was recognized as one of "New Jersey's Top Docs" and New Jersey Family Magazine's favorite children’s doctors for three consecutive years.

Not content with just serving his own patients, Dr. Romano has conducted free clinics to provide preventive and restorative dental care to underserved children in New Jersey, and has traveled to Guatemala "to give children free smiles."

He summed up his approach to his life and profession when he said "You'll never feel as good as when you do something for somebody else. The greatest gift is when you have what somebody else needs, and you can give it to them."

The Museum is proud to honor Dr. Sam Romano as Craftsman of the Year 2014.