After a yearlong national search, the first leader of the newly formed Greater Reading Chamber and Economic Development Corp. has been chosen, it was announced this morning.
Randolph “Randy” Peers will serve as president and CEO of the GRCEDC and is expected to start in January.
Peers is the president and CEO of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, in Brooklyn, N.Y., which he grew into New York City’s largest nonprofit youth job-training organization.
He has spent the last 25 years working in workforce and economic development and adult education. Peers has held several senior leadership positions during his career, including vice president for economic development at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, where he oversaw programs that assisted manufacturers, real estate and small-business development and staffing services for companies.
“We are very excited about having Randy take the responsibility of leading this new organization,” said Jeff Rush, treasurer of GRCEDC’s board who led the 13-member search committee.
“Our community and region are fortunate to have recruited someone with Randy’s varied chamber, economic and workforce development background, and we are confident he will lead the GRCEDC forward,” Rush said.
The GRCEDC was created earlier this year by the region’s leading economic development organizations – the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Greater Berks Development fund and the Greater Reading Economic Partnership – to be a single point of contact for companies interested in building or expanding in Berks County.
“The task force and search committee have worked very diligently over the past year to create an organization focused on being Berks County’s leading resource for building a healthy, competitive business community,” said Dan Langdon, chairman of the GRCEDC board.
Langdon said directors and the three economic development organizations that formed the new entity are “extremely optimistic about the continued positive impact our existing staff under Randy’s leadership can have on our community.”
Peers earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brooklyn College and a master’s degree in public administration from New York University. He was a trustee of Lutheran Healthcare in Brooklyn, one of that area’s largest hospital systems.
Peers and his wife, Deborah Roman, and their daughter will relocate to Berks County.