What are your goals in your role at your company?
To make ELI a movement that is recognized as the premiere group that helps middle school youth succeed academically and personally, which will ultimately support United Way of Central Iowa’s 2020 Goal in Education — to improve the percentage of Central Iowa students who graduate from high school to 95 percent.
What are your goals for your community involvement?
My father and I work together rehabbing distressed properties so that families may purchase or rent safe, clean, affordable homes. The goal is to increase the number of homes that we work on in a year.
What’s your biggest passion, and why?
I am passionate about traveling and making long-lasting memories with family and friends versus buying the materialistic things. In 30 years from now I am not going to being talking about that great couch I used to own, but I will talk about that trip with family to Hawaii.
What is it that drives you?
Every youth should have the opportunity to succeed in school and in life. I used to live in my own little bubble, but that all changed when I started coaching football at Des Moines North. After my first interaction with these students, I quickly realized there were more important things in their lives than winning football games.
What are your future aspirations?
First and foremost, to continue to be in a work environment that gets me bouncing out of bed in the morning. I want to continue to enhance my professional skills in order to advance within UWCI or another organization, and ultimately be in a position where I can create a legacy for my family.
Four reasons he’s a Forty:
1. Chase is immediate past president of the Johnston Rotary Club, current board member and was also Rotarian of the Year in 2013.
2. He coached high school football at Des Moines North for 10 years, where he also worked with the players on their soft skills and overcoming barriers to success.
3. He has managed Education Leadership Initiative (ELI) at United Way since 2013, and under his leadership the group has grown by 35 percent.
4. He is a 2009 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and was a curriculum committee member from 2009 to 2012.