Hallock, longtime leader of NRBP, announces retirement

Search for successor to lead Newark-area business group is underway

Chip Hallock, the longtime leader of the Newark Regional Business Partnership and a true gentleman, announced he is retiring as the CEO of the organization.

Hallock, who has been with the organization since 2000, said the time was right.

“Serving with the members, volunteer leaders and staff of NRBP has been an extraordinary privilege for 25 years,” he said. “Whether I was connecting members for their mutual benefit or advocating for public policy, I have found my time here in Newark to be the most interesting and satisfying of my working life. I plan to enjoy my retirement with family and friends while always following news of Newark’s continued revitalization.”

NRBP Chair Jennifer Mazawey, a partner at K&L Gates, praised Hallock for his service to the organization, saying he helped develop a strong and distinguished chamber organization through his stellar reputation and thoughtful leadership.

“Chip’s tireless dedication and leadership has strengthened our organization and sustained it through challenging times,” she said. “As he embarks on a well-deserved retirement, we extend our deepest gratitude for his diligent commitment to our mission and the Newark community.”

Hallock will continue to serve as the organization’s CEO and president until a new leader begins later this year.

The organization has begun the search, retaining Waverly Partners as its executive search firm. Waverly Partners serves chambers and economic development organizations throughout the country and is the preferred provider of executive search services of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Mazawey will head up a six-member search committee that will work with Waverly Partners to identify qualified local, regional and national candidates.

“Our committee has developed a Position Profile with the experience and leadership characteristics of our preferred candidate,” she said. “We are open to executives with backgrounds in chambers of commerce, economic development, business associations, other kinds of nonprofits, private-sector or related experience with a commitment to our mission of economic growth and business advocacy in our region.

“We are excited to welcome a new leader who will guide the advancement of our mission to strengthen our business community through connections, resources and advocacy.”