Hal English

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce has named Hal English as its next president and CEO, replacing Peter Crowley, who announced his retirement in June.

Crowley’s last day is December 31; English officially begins his role on January 4, 2021.

English, a longtime presence in the Mercer County business community, is currently the director of community development in Robbinsville, where he also lives. He has previously served as vice president and general manager of Grand Bank in Hamilton and as vice president of First Choice Bank in Robbinsville.

Prior to his banking career he also worked in various capacities for Hamilton Township, where he helped oversee the successful development of the Hamilton Marketplace on Route 130. English, who holds a degree in economics from Boston College, is also the author of “Behind Ivy Walls,” a memoir that recounts his challenging, unhappy childhood in Trenton.

English’s appointment follows a six-month national search led by Dennis C. Miller & Associates. “I am excited to welcome Hal as our new president and CEO,” said Brenda Ross-Dulan, chairman of the board, in a statement. “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.”

“It has been my honor to serve as the chamber’s president and CEO for these past 12 years,” Crowley said. “I’ve had the chance to work with amazing staff, amazing chamber members, and some of the leading business leaders in our region. Hal’s appointment makes me excited for the upcoming years ahead.”

“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,” English said. “I look forward to helping continue that growth.”