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
Feature your business with a Member Spotlight in our Weekly Connection Newsletter
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
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
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.
Charles Stanley Mechem Jr. served as president of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in 1977 and co-chaired the Chamber’s Blue Chip Campaign from 1979-86. Other business leadership roles: national chairman, Miami University Goals for Enrichment Campaign; co-chair, Cincinnati Business Committee; and founder/president of the Greater Cincinnati Sports & Events Commission.
Among the hundreds of headlines and news stories Charles Mechem Jr. has generated during his distinguished career, one stands out most vividly: A front-page story in The Wall Street Journal describing him as a “roller-coaster nut.”
Mr. Mechem’s passion for roller-coasters, especially The Beast, was all part of his job, spearheading the vision for Kings Island while chairman and CEO of Taft Broadcasting, later Great American Broadcasting. Known as the “Father of Kings Island,” Mr. Mechem’s handiwork has touched the lives of countless Cincinnati residents and visitors–from his vision of the popular amusement park to early support for Riverbend, from the birth of the Cincinnati Bengals and the ATP tournament to world-class golf in Cincinnati.
Mr. Mechem, likes to say he has enjoyed four careers: as a partner at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister; as CEO at Taft Broadcasting, later Great American; as commissioner of the LPGA; and “life after that”–which includes serving as chairman of the board at Convergys and as the personal business advisor to Arnold Palmer.
“I have always been a kid at heart, and have enjoyed being part of fun things,” he says. “There are many days that I have thought, ‘How could you be so lucky?’ “
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