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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.
After receiving an MBA from Harvard, Phillip O. Geier, Jr. started his career as a management trainee in 1939 at the Cincinnati Milling Machine Co., the company his uncle, Frederick A. Geier founded. His early career was interrupted by three-years of service as a naval officer during WWII. His service was distinguished by the award of a Bronze Star.
Following the war, Geier returned to Cincinnati Milling Machine and rose through the ranks in sales, then management of the Products Division. In 1960, Geier became general manager, and in 1963 was named president. He became board chairman in 1970 on the same day the company’s name was changed to Cincinnati Milacron.
Geier retired from Cincinnati Milacron in 1973.
Mr. Geier’s book: Men of Purpose, 1884-1964, was published in 1966.
Mr. Geier died on February 24, 2009 in Naples, Florida.
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