The board of directors for the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce has named Hal English to serve as the next president and CEO of the organization, succeeding Peter Crowley, who led the chamber for a dozen years and will retire Dec. 31.
One of the largest regional business organizations in the state, the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber acquired the MidJersey Chamber in 2019 and serves more than 1,600 company members and more than 8,000 members across five counties in Central New Jersey.
English, a resident of Robbinsville, has held numerous leadership positions across the county. He currently serves as the director of community and economic development for Robbinsville Township, and was the business administrator in Hamilton Township under Mayor Glen Gilmore. He is also the author of “Behind the Ivy Walls” a book about his resiliency and triumphs in life.
“I am excited to lead the Chamber and work with such an amazing Board and equally amazing staff,” said English. “I have had the honor to be a Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber member for many years and witness the tremendous growth and business impact that this organization has accomplished. I look forward to helping continue that growth.”
English was selected to lead the organization after a six-month national search. Brenda Ross-Dulan, chair of the chamber board, said the board is excited to work with him. “His knowledge of the region, coupled with his extensive work with nonprofits and small businesses make him a perfect match to follow our exiting President, Peter Crowley,” she said. “In addition to his business success, Hal has experience in legislative responsibility from his present role as director of community development in Robbinsville and through his previous legislative work in Trenton.”