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Kent Oyler to Become President and CEO of Greater Louisville, Inc.

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Greater Louisville, Inc. the Metro Chamber of Commerce, has named a new president and CEO.Kent Oyler most recently served as managing partner of OPM Services, a financial services and investment firm.  GLI says Oyler has founded or co-founded more than 18 other businesses.       

Oyler replaces Craig Richard, who resigned in February amid the organization’s financial and other struggles.His appointment comes about a month after Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced that the city would end its  nearly $1 million contract with GLI and create its own economic development arm, called “Louisville Forward.”Oyler says he's already spoken to Fischer about a role for GLI in the effort. "We go way back, so it’s not like we have to invent a relationship.  We probably have a 20 year relationship in business and civic arenas and projects.   That’s not a problem."Kent Oyler will assume the post on June 1.     

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.