Corporate executive Brian E. Hall was born on May 5, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio to Virginia Hall and William Hall. Hall attended Clara Tagg Brewer Elementary School and Charles W. Elliott Junior High School, before graduating from John F. Kennedy High School in 1976. Hall went on to obtain his B.B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1980. He then earned his executive M.B.A. degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio in 1987, and completed four annual executive tracks in business management at the Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.
While home from college in 1977, Hall worked part-time for his family’s company, Industrial Transport, Inc., and eventually became president and CEO in 1984. He then purchased Industrial Transport Inc. in 1999. In 2001, Hall led a joint venture between Industrial Transport Inc. and Applied Industrial Technologies Inc. to form iSource Performance Materials. In 2005 he bought a controlling interest in Innogistics, LLC. Hall served as the interim executive director of the Commission on Economic Inclusion in 2012, where he had served previously as co-chair. In 2014, Hall joined the senior leadership team at the Greater Cleveland Partnership as the senior vice president. That same year he opened an “All About People” recruiting franchise. Hall went on to form 2NorthStar Capital, LLC in 2016.
In 1987, Hall founded the Tremont Elementary School Advisory group. He served as the director of the board of University Hospitals Health System Inc. in 2005, on the board of the Cleveland Cuyahoga Port Authority in 2007, and joined the board of the University of Cincinnati Foundation the following year. In 2011, Hall was named to the Cuyahoga County Economic Development Commission and served as secretary of the Cleveland Rock and Roll Inc. board. In 2014, he served on the board of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. He founded the President’s Council, LLC, and served on the boards of the Cleveland Water Alliance, Rhythm and Blues Foundation, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Board. In 1990, Hall was featured on Crain’s ‘Forty under 40’ list. Hall was first named as a part of the ‘Power Pack’ list in 2003 and was featured intermittently through 2018 . In 2007, Hall was awarded the Bridge Builder Award by the American Jewish Committee and the Pacesetter Award by the Christian Business League. He was additionally awarded the Volunteer of the Year by Leadership Cleveland and Supplier of the Year for Community Service by Ford Motor Company.
Brian Hall resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his Great Dane Hugo. He has three adult children – Monika, Jordan and Tristen.
Brian Hall was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 26, 2018.