Cincinnati USA Regional ChamberGrowing the vibrancy and
economic prosperity of our region

In This Issue:


    February 25, 2014

    Welcome Carley and Gravely, farewell to van der Horst and Geiger

    Carley, Brian smAt this time next week, your Currents weekly newsletter will be sent from a new email address: Brian Carley's! The Chamber is pleased to welcome Brian as our new President and CEO, beginning March 3.

    Carley brings a wealth of experience to the position and a fresh vision to the region. Want an idea of what lies ahead for the Chamber? Carley did an interview with the Cincinnati Business Courier post announcement in December.

    Here's a closer look at the Carley file:

    Born in Chicago, Carley paid for his college tuition at the University of Illinois by selling books door-to-door. Upon his graduation in 1976, he began his career with Arthur Andersen's Chicago office. Three years later, he transferred to their Cincinnati office, making partner in 1986. He became a Cincinnati office managing partner in 1997 while also overseeing the firm's global aviation industry practice.

    In 2002, he moved to Deloitte's Cincinnati office, where as a partner he concentrated on audit services to a wide variety of regional companies. Asked to lead the firm's audit efforts of a large Cleveland company, he moved to that market in 2006, eventually heading up the firm's audit practice there.

    Carley is married with four grown children. Three of his children call Cincinnati home. He enjoys spending time with his family and has remained a Bengals season ticket holder for the last 25 years.

    van der Horst, Ellen 60x90This also gives us a chance to thank Ellen van der Horst for her eight-year tenure.

    Ellen took a leadership role with both GO Cincinnati and Agenda 360. Both are projects that governments, businesses and large community groups have used as guides to help set their agendas. Agenda 360 is a regional plan that set goals for job creation and economic growth through 2020. GO Cincinnati was a project led by the Brookings Institution that made a series of recommendations for regenerating the economy in the city of Cincinnati. Additionally, she:

    • Executed enhanced strategies for the Cincinnati USA Regional Partnership for Economic Development, ultimately leading to a cluster-based strategy, tactical staffing
    • Directed the growth of both the Minority Business Accelerator (including the recent launch of the L. Ross Love GrowthBridge Fund, the first of its kind in the country) and Cincy Tech
    • Expanded Chamber programming for both professional women (WE) and young professionals (HYPE)
    • Oversaw strategies concerning major transportation issues including the Brent Spence Bridge and the (CVG) Airport Task Force

    Geiger, Kay Gravely, Mel 2010And, on Thursday, the Chamber Annual Dinner will mean the passing of the gavel from outgoing Chamber Chair Kay Geiger to incoming Chair Mel Gravely. Both are incredibly passionate about our region and our future.

    Here's a snapshot of some of Geiger's accomplishments as Chair:

    • Oversaw vital transitions within the Chamber
    • Served as a significant advocate for economic development efforts in our region, and for the Partnership
    • Led engagement and support of major regional organizations including our Chamber, initiatives, and our region (Kay was United Way Chair 2011)

    Thank you, Kay for your leadership, and welcome Mel Gravely, as our new Chair.

    Read a profile on Mel from the cover of this past Sunday's Cincinnati Enquirer

Latest News

  • Tell the Cincy story with these talent recruitment cards.

    Learn More