Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
4:29 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Cincinnati Chamber names new CEO

Brian Carley
Brian Carley
Credit Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is naming Brian Carley as its new President and CEO.

He takes over for Ellen van der Horst on May 1, 2014.

Carley is currently a partner with Deloitte and leads its audit practice in Northeast Ohio. The chamber says Carley has "a 37-year accounting, audit and consulting career."

In a release, Carley says he's happy to be coming back to Cincinnati. “Having the chance to return to Greater Cincinnati and help guide the region through the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead was too good to pass up.” 

From the release:

He has served on the boards of Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Museum Center, Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, Thomas More College, The College of Mt. St. Joseph, and the advisory council to Miami University’s Farmer School of Business.  Additionally, Carley is more than familiar with the chamber’s work, having served as Treasurer for the Board’s Executive Committee from 1999-2005.

Carley has offered up several priorities as he starts his tenure at the chamber:

  • Encouraging continued collaboration between community partners and investors in the Cincinnati USA Partnership, the Chamber’s economic development arm, so that the region accelerates its ability to add, retain and grow jobs.
  • Continuing the chamber’s central role in advocacy for business interests at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Maintaining the chamber’s contributions to talent attraction and development.
  • Guaranteeing high levels of service and programs that contribute to the success of chamber member businesses.

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.