Brent Tilson is an entrepreneur and founder of Tilson, the integrated management solution for businesses nationwide. He founded Tilson in 1995 in Greenwood, Ind., growing it into a nationwide business with operations in 49 states, including a second office in Phoenix, Arizona. Brent also is the immediate past chairman of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations.
Brent is dedicated to his company, his industry and his community. He got his start in the audit and tax divisions of KPMG, a Big Four accounting firm, moving on to Katz, Sapper & Miller a few years later. He launched his own accounting firm in 1992, then created Tilson in 1995 when he saw a need for a wider range of management solutions. The move netted widespread accolades for both Tilson and Brent, with Inc. magazine naming Tilson as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country in 2001, 2002 and 2003, and Brent being an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
His expertise has expanded to include subsidiary interests in insurance (Tilson Benefits Group) and commercial real estate (Tilson Property Groups). Throughout his career, Brent has invested his energies in economic development at the local, state and national levels. He has helped thousands of businesses start, grow and prosper and serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He is a frequent speaker on business and management topics.