Brent Tilson

Brent R. Tilson is CEO and co-founder of Tilson HR, Inc. and its subsidiaries and has been the CEO and President since the company’s inception in 1995. Brent, a graduate of Indiana University School of Business, began his career in the audit and tax divisions of KPMG Peat Marwick. In the early 90’s he started his own accounting firm specializing in small to medium-sized businesses.

He was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2000, 2001 and 2002, and was a member of the 2000 class of “40 Under 40,” an award given each year by the Indianapolis Business Journal to recognize Indiana’s top young executives. Under his leadership, Tilson HR was recognized as one of the fastest growing private companies in the country by Inc. magazine in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Publications, Speaking Engagements, Awards (personal and corporate)

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, 2000, 2001, & 2002

Indiana Business Journal 2000 class of “40 under 40”

Inc 500 fastest growing companies (Tilson HR 2001, 2002, & 2003)

Indianapolis Business Journal – Fastest Growing Company (Tilson HR 2000)

Indiana University Growth 100 (Tilson HR 1998, 1999, 2000, & 2001)

Contributing author, InPerspective, Indiana CPA Society, Summer 2009, Cost Saving Techniques

Frequent speaker at NAPEO conferences and seminars. Topics include, profitability, tax updates, sales strategies, publicity, and business strategy

Speaker, PPACA Healthcare Reform and Impact on Businesses

Speaker, Columbus, IN Chamber of Commerce, The Entrepreneur Network

Speaker, Greenwood, IN Chamber of Commerce, Best Business Practices for Entrepreneurs


Brent is available for speaking engagements. To have Brent speak at your event, email [email protected]

  • Education
    • Indiana University; Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting