Kent Oyler joined Greater Louisville Inc. in June 2014. He leads GLI, the Metro Chamber of Commerce, in retaining and growing existing businesses, including supporting the entrepreneurial and start-up community; attracting and preparing a skilled and talented workforce to support local businesses and; and driving advocacy efforts aimed at creating a more business-friendly environment. Prior to GLI, Oyler served as managing partner of OPM Services, Inc., a financial-services and investment firm.
After earning business and MBA degrees from the University of Louisville, Kent Oyler worked for a predecessor to PNC Bank and later joined a large private manufacturing company where he rose to become its CFO. In 1992 he founded OPM Services and began a career as a serial entrepreneur, launching 19 new ventures in a variety of industries. In 1997 he co-founded broadband internet provider High Speed Access Corp. which went public in a 1999 offering that still ranks as Kentucky’s largest IPO. In 2016, Oyler was inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
Throughout his career Kent has also been very active in the philanthropic and civic worlds. He has served on the board for Leadership Louisville, Junior Achievement,Kentucky Science Center, Metro YMCA, University of Louisville, Venture Connectors, Tocqueville Society, and the Metro Police Foundation, amongst others. Kent served on GLI’s board for a total of 8 years and has chaired GLI’s EnterpriseCorp twice. From 2000-2008 he served as the Mayor’s Liaison for Entrepreneurship. Kent has been recognized as Cashflow magazine’s Treasurer of the Year, E&Y Master Entrepreneur and Business First Small Business Leader of The Year.
He resides in Louisville with his wife Kathy and has three college-age daughters.