Joining the Advisory Board in 2018, Chase is a veteran who served as a First Lieutenant with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Today, he is actively engaged in veterans’ advocacy, having worked for U.S.VETS in Los Angeles as a member of the Board of Directors, and then as the Senior Vice President of Operations. In this role, he was responsible for 12 locations across the country that housed 2,500 homeless veterans each night.
Chase was appointed as the first Director of the Tierney Center for Veteran Services at Goodwill of Orange County. He launched the Veteran Business Network in Orange County which now has more than 5,000 veteran members meeting monthly.
Chase is one of the founding members of the Orange County Veterans and Military Families Collaborative and serves on the Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee as a representative for veterans. Additionally, he has been an appointee to the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council for the 2nd Supervisorial District since 2012 when selected by then Supervisor John Moorlach and, most recently, was reappointed by Supervisor Michelle Steel.
As a former small business owner and manager, Chase founded and managed companies in the industrial automation industry, working in positions as President, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager in a career that spans more than 40 years.