• Meet the Team

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  • Natalie English

    President & CEO

    Natalie English currently serves as president & CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. She has served for over 20 years in a chamber of a commerce leadership role and over 30 years advocating on behalf of business. Natalie believes it’s her calling to work with business, government, and elected leaders to make her community attractive for business growth and investment.


    Natalie has almost 30 years of experience monitoring legislative and regulatory issues locally, statewide, and at the federal level. She has a strong track record of success and has been responsible for building community support for many investments in infrastructure that have been key to economic development in the communities in which she has worked. She has leadership experience and a background in affecting policies that impact the cost and ease of doing business, quality of life, and workforce.


    Natalie has had the opportunity to advocate on behalf of her current community, Wilmington, following Hurricane Florence’s visit to our community and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Natalie led chamber staff to develop communications with members connecting them to resources needed and advocated with elected bodies to define what should be essential businesses. She worked with the Small Business Administration to create a comfortable local presence, so businesses could access the help they needed. Following Hurricane Florence, she worked with United Way leaders to convene a group of community partners that led to the creation of a long-term recovery group that continues to match needs with available resources. Natalie has been a voice on media outlets across the country, letting people know that Wilmington is open for business.


    Natalie led a team of chamber staff and volunteers to mount an educational campaign regarding the process of exploring potential partnerships for NHRMC. The effort began in the summer of 2019 and culminated in a final 4-1 vote of the New Hanover County Commission to partner with Novant Health and create a $1.2 billion community foundation. The result will transform New Hanover County and southeastern North Carolina for generations.


    Natalie has a knack for leading teams to create innovative ways to educate and inform chamber members as well as give them a way to connect with each other and the resources they need in order to grow. The creativity and innovation Natalie employs to drive revenue have led to an impressive increase in cash on hand for the Wilmington Chamber.


    Natalie received her B.A. in Communications from North Carolina State University and achieved her designation as a Certified Chamber Executive in 2012, one of only several hundred.  In 2010, the National Association of Women Business Owners – Charlotte Chapter awarded Natalie with their Community Service Award. In 2008, Natalie was awarded the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship and completed a 25-day trip to Europe to learn about and advance trans-Atlantic relations. She was named as a 2008 Women in Business Achievement Award Winner by the Charlotte Business Journal. In 2009 and 2013, the Mecklenburg Times named Natalie one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte. In 2017, Natalie was nominated as a Woman to Watch by Wilma Magazine. In 2019 and 2020, Natalie made the WilmingtonBiz 100 list as an influencer in the community.


    Natalie has also been an active volunteer and board member for numerous nonprofit organizations in Charlotte and at the state level. She has also been an active leader in her church. She served as President of the Charlotte Rotary Club and led the members in celebrations related to the club’s Centennial in 2016. In her new community, she continues that involvement as a member of the board of United Way of the Cape Fear, the Ports, Waterways & Beaches Commission, and the Tourism Development Authority. Natalie served as a co-chair of the Mayor's Ad-Hoc Clean Energy Policy Task Force and as a member of the City of Wilmington's Naming Committee. She serves on various committees and working groups at St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian.  


    In her spare time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her son Rick on the sidelines of his many sports activities, traveling, playing golf, reading, and writing.

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  • Megan Mullins
    VP, Marketing & Communications

    Megan Mullins currently serves as VP of Marketing & Communications for the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. She is a seasoned communications professional with over 15 years of experience developing and executing successful communication strategies as a consultant and in-house communications leader.

    Before joining the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Megan spent several years working as a consultant for clients in the franchising, hospitality, education, and recreation sectors. She spent ten years working as the Marketing Director for Port City Java, where she led marketing communications and franchise sales efforts as a key contributor to the company's multi-unit growth on college and university campuses.

    In her current role at the chamber, she is accountable for its communications strategy and execution. She works to protect and enhance the organization's reputation and visibility through proactive and responsive media strategies. She collaborates with the organization's senior leadership and Board of Directors to develop and execute marketing and communications strategies, programs, and campaigns for the Chamber and its core programs, events, and initiatives.

    Megan brings an extensive background and experience in social media and emerging digital communication tools and techniques. She specializes in helping the chamber integrate digital communications best practices into the organization's day-to-day operations. Her eye for design, her business acumen, and training in communications helps Megan develop communications programs that deliver value to the chamber and its members.

    Megan received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. In 2020, she was recognized on the Greater Wilmington Business Journal's WilmingtonBiz 100 as a Connector in our community.

    Megan is an active community volunteer currently serving on the New Hanover County/City of Wilmington Community Relations Advisory Committee and the City of Wilmington's Sister Cities Commission. Megan is a member of the Steering Committee for the Cape Fear Communicators, and she is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America Charlotte Chapter. 

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  • Josh Hallingse

    VP, Small Business Development & Retention

    Prior to joining the Wilmington Chamber, Josh Hallingse served as the Executive Director for the Transylvania Economic Alliance where he led the Alliance’s economic  development  program  since 2015. Recent wins include a major expansion of Raybow USA, a $15.8M/74 job biotech project, development and several small business expansions/relocations. Hallingse was also part of the team to develop the Sylvan Valley Industrial Center, the community’s first shell building which is now home to outdoor gear builder SylvanSport and CanArchy Craft Brewing Collective.

    Prior to leading the Alliance, Hallingse spent six years with the Henderson   County   Partnership for Economic Development (HCPED) as the Director of Existing Industry. While with HCPED  he  was  responsible  for  the  organization's  existing  industry  program while also  assisting  with business recruitment projects, and advancing sites and buildings efforts. Hallingse was part of several noteworthy projects including Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Legacy Paddlesports and numerous existing  industry  expansions.   Hallingse also spent time in Charlotte as a Senior  Project Manager  for  the  Charlotte  Regional  Partnership,  a  16-county  regional  economic  development  organization  where  he  was  responsible  for  business  development  activities. His most notable project in Charlotte included working with Union County to secure O’Neil Data Systems, a high-tech $140M/250  job  project  that  expanded to the region from California.  

    Hallingse  holds  an  undergraduate  degree  in  Political  Science  and  Religious  Studies  from  the  University  of  North  Carolina  at  Charlotte  and  a  Master  of  Public  Administration  degree  from  Appalachian  State  University. Hallingse previously served two terms as a Board of Trustee for Blue Ridge Community College and is a current board member for the North Carolina Economic Development Association.

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  • Laura Brogdon-Primavera
    Director of Programs & Initiatives

    Laura Brogdon-Primavera is the Director of Programs and Initiatives responsible for managing chamber events, councils and the Leadership Wilmington program. Before joining the chamber team, she served as Manager of Programs and Operations at the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship supporting the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by leading program development, execution, and evaluation of all CIE programs. Laura understands the value of building relationships that lead to symbiotic partnerships driving growth and development for our region. Mrs. Brogdon-Primavera received a BSBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Appalachian State University and an M.Ed. in Higher Education from UNCW. 

    Laura completed the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Wilmington program in May of 2021. In 2020, Laura was recognized in the Wilmington Biz 100 as a Connector in our community. She received a 40 Under 40 Award from the StarNews and Wilmington Chamber of Commerce in 2019. She participated in the Wilma Leadership Institute in 2018. She was also recognized by UNCW for Excellence in Community Engagement in 2018.

    When she's not busy with her four children, she enjoys volunteering with the Cucalorus Film Festival, Thalian Association Community Theater, and Wrightsville United Methodist Church.

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  • Emma Ericksen
    Digital Marketing & Events Coordinator

    Emma Ericksen is the Digital Marketing and Events Coordinator for the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. She supports the VP of Marketing & Communications and the Director of Programs & Initiatives with the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce's messaging strategies, digital communications, marketing, and event coordination. Prior to working at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Emma spent a year and a half working as an Account Coordinator at Pioneer Strategies, a public relations firm in Leland, NC.

    At the chamber, Emma plays an integral role in promoting, planning, and executing events such as our ribbon cuttings, seminars, monthly networking mixers, and major annual events through digital, industry, and local networks. Emma will also be assisting with event planning, logistics, and guest registration. She has a passion for understanding someone’s message and displaying it to the public in a creative way.

    Emma received her B.A. in Communication Studies while focusing on Integrated Marketing Communication at UNCW in 2020. She is certified in building WordPress webpages, a member of PCYP, and serves on the communications committee for the Public Relations Society of America N.C. Chapter.

    Outside of work, Emma enjoys spending her time at Wrightsville Beach, relaxing and having fun with her friends and family.

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  • Kelly Sanderson

    Finance and Office Manager

    A native New Yorker, Kelly moved to North Carolina in 2001 and eventually to Wilmington in 2006. Kelly has over 15 years of banking and business administration experience. After moving to Wilmington, Kelly was the Office Manager for a local roofing company for 10 years while going back to school to obtain her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mount Olive in Business Administration. Kelly’s hobbies are traveling, going to the pool, and anything to do with music. Kelly lives in Wilmington with her husband Allen and son Matt.

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  • Haven Barnes

    Executive Operations Manager

    Before joining the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce in January of 2020, Haven spent five years as a bookkeeper under a local accounting firm, managing financial reporting and tax processes for various industries throughout the Wilmington area. Since arriving at the Chamber, she has devoted her attention to developing superior systems and methods. Her goal is to improve organizational processes to produce consistent results and accurate, high-quality outcomes to ensure the Chamber continues to perform at the level the community deserves. 

    Outside of the office, she enjoys baking and attempting new craft projects. As a Wilmington native, Haven has a deep appreciation for advocacy and a passion for helping her hometown thrive.