Cincinnati Chamber unveils the new five-year strategic framework to foster regional growth

What We Do >

Membership >

Talent Hub >

About >

Advocacy >

Events >

< Back

What We Do

Explore our programming, resources, and membership options that drive growth.

See how we celebrate, enliven, stimulate, and cultivate community in the region.

See how we meaningfully connect leaders and celebrate our business community

Explore the work we’re driving to move the region forward

Explore our talent solutions, including leadership programs and HR consulting

See the stories and legacies that lift our communities and inspire action

< Back


Explore membership and discover growth opportunities for you and your business

Why Chamber Membership

Join the Chamber

Feature your business with a Member Spotlight in our Weekly Connection Newsletter

These events offer members points of connection, timely insights, and solutions

Monthly Member Briefing

Member Benefits 101

< Back

Telent Hub

Explore our full suite of best-in-class leadership development programs

Explore our initiatives focused attracting, retaining, and developing talent

Explore the Workforce Innovation Center’s HR consulting services and resources

< Back


Learn more about our mission, vision, and values

Meet the diverse group of leaders passionately supporting our mission

Meet the people serving our region inclusively with passion, Integrity, and fun

Interested in joining our team? Check out our current openings


Questions? Here’s a list of things we think you may want to know

Read articles and learn more about the Cincinnati Chamber through our related news articles

Introducing United Way’s 2024 Campaign Co-Chairs
Metro, City of Cincinnati Partner to Benefit City Employees

< Back


Read articles and learn more about the Cincinnati Chamber through our related news articles

Introducing United Way’s 2024 Campaign Co-Chairs
Metro, City of Cincinnati Partner to Benefit City Employees
Recognize & Celebrate businesses & people

Great Living Cincinnatians: Honorees

Celebrating the leadership, vision, tenacity, and love of community shared by the recipients of the Great Living Cincinnatian Award, presented annually by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber since 1967.

Carl H. Lindner

Awarded In 1994
1919 – 2011

Loyalty was the watchword for Carl Lindner – founder, chairman and chief executive officer of American Financial Corp. (AFC).

By headquartering his many acquisitions here, Lindner gave thousands of jobs to the city where he built his success. And although he guarded his privacy and remained low-key about his philanthropy, his name is found on several prominent educational and recreational facilities as evidence of his giving.

Lindner was born in 1919. In 1940, his father opened one of the country’s first cash-and-carry milk and dairy stores in Norwood. First-day sales totalled $8.28. It was the founding of the United Dairy Farmers chain – and the founding of an empire.

With Carl at the helm of the family business, the single store grew to more than 100 outlets by the mid-1960s, when he turned his attention to American Financial.

Created by Lindner in 1959, AFC is a diversified financial holding company with about $13 billion in assets. It is principally involved in insurance and includes Great American Insurance Co.

Lindner was chairman and chief executive officer of Chiquita Brands International, General Cable Corp. and Penn Central Corp., the largest shareholder of Provident Bank.

Lindner financial support has benefited many charitable causes and civic educational institutions, including the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business Administration, Xavier University, the Cincinnati Zoo, the Museum Center and the city of Norwood.

Carl H. Lindner died on October 17, 2011 at 92.

Nominate a Great Living Cincinnatian

Recipients are selected from candidates by the Cincinnati Chamber’s senior council based on the following criteria: – Community service – Business and civic attainment on a local, state and national or international level – Leadership – Awareness of the needs of others – Distinctive accomplishments that have brought favorable attention to their community, institution or organization