LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)—Greater Louisville Inc. announced their new President and CEO on Wednesday.
GLI announced that Kent Oyler will become the group’s leader starting on June 1.
Oyler was a managing partner of OPM Services, Inc., a financial-services and investment firm. He also founded or co-founded over 18 other businesses.
“We had many strong candidates from both the private and nonprofit sectors. Kent Oyler was the ideal choice.” said Kerry Stemler, President, K.M. Stemler Company, Inc., and Chair of Greater Louisville Inc.’s Board of Directors. “With Kent in place GLI is positioned to move forward and chart a new course of action for a truly regional approach to driving business growth and economic prosperity.”
He is taking over the reigns from Elieen Pickett, the Acting CEO, who was appointed to the position after Craig Richard suddenly resigned in February.
“I’m honored to be entrusted with the leadership of the region’s largest business leadership organization,” said Oyler. “My passion is business and GLI is the home base for businesses. I’m looking forward to working with the GLI team, member companies and community leaders to accelerate our region’s momentum and help our businesses succeed.”
In late April, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer had the city take control certain aspects of the Chamber of Commerce, like taking the lead on recruiting companies to move to the city.
“Kent Oyler is a creative and proven business leader” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “He will be an asset to the Greater Louisville Inc organization. Kent and I have worked together for many years on entrepreneurial and non-profit initiatives. I look forward to again partnering with him in his new role at GLI to enhance the region's economic prosperity and ensure that we are meeting the needs of our existing businesses.”