Chase has a degree in Business Management Entrepreneurship from DePaul University, Chicago. During his education at DePaul, he worked with the Legatum Group, an international investment group based in Dubai that invests capital in the industries and ideas that drive global prosperity.
At Legatum Chase was responsible for the development of an SME geared towards addressing the lack of access to water in rural agricultural areas of Nigeria. The project involved the micro-financing of multiple farmers to supply them with a manual pump from a local supplier that drew from a 50 foot well to irrigate their crops. Nigeria was chosen for implementation of the project due to its abundance of large aquifers and its location next to Ghana - one of the largest marketplaces for produce in Western Africa's west side. This internship not only shaped his knowledge of global commerce but also his remaining passion for triple bottom line businesses.
Chase gained additional experience in the use of responsible capital for development of communities at the local level through his work with Share Microfinance, in Hyderabad, India. Share has adopted a for-profit approach to create social returns by channeling funds from development institutions and commercial banks as collateral-free loans to Joint Liability Groups (JLGs). JLGs are central to the Grameen lending methodology that Share has replicated. Chase worked directly for Share’s CEO, in all aspects of business development and operations.
Upon graduating from DePaul, Chase began his career in both business and entrepreneurism by taking on responsibility of Home Water Labs, a struggling Illinois start-up company. Home Water Labs is focused on creating awareness of the contaminants present in well water through water-testing packages for homeowners to ensure their family’s water was safe. Chase successfully turned the Company around over a six month period to become a profitable and growing Company.
In October 2011 Chase stepped down from his position to take up a role with EcoPlanet Bamboo Central America where he is directly responsible for all aspects of business development, both within plantation operations, and in the cohesion between in country operations with EcoPlanet Bamboo’s global policies and operations.
Chase is passionate about implementing social change through business development, and hopes to use this to maximize EcoPlanet Bamboo's positive impact, both in Nicaragua and elsewhere.