In March of 2020, Chase & Associates’ long-time business consultant, Boby Ford, sat down with Michael Chase to talk about COVID-19, and scaling a family owned business. The result was a deep dive conversation filled with heartfelt wisdom and insights.
THINKING OF YOU
“We’re not in this business for the transaction.
We’re in it because we have a genuine desire to see people succeed.”
Our mission is to make your life better – whether that means supporting you in your career trajectory, or bringing you peace of mind because we’ve found you the perfect candidate.
RECRUITING TOP TALENT
Passing the torch to the next generation. Opening new doors as an industry. Coping with the rapid pace of technology. Growing your brand to ensure it remains relevant. We believe four forces will shape your ability to recruit top talent in the years to come.
ADVANCING YOUR CAREER
Whether we found them, or they found us, our rock star candidates treat each opportunity like the Super Bowl. In so doing, they have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Learn the (3)-point strategy that will make you a rock star in packaging.
“Helping companies and people find the right fit is incredibly serious work. To do this work tactfully, respectfully, and genuinely are all things that I think matter and are all things I experienced with you guys. It has had a very positive impact for me and my family.”
-Neil Weisensel, Marketing Manager, Charter Next Generation
“I have worked with Chase & Associates for many years. Michael and his team are exceptional at what they do, providing professional guidance step-by-step. Their knowledge of the industry and their excellent network facilitate the process from start to finish.”
-Rod Pettis, VP Product Line Management, ABX Innovative Packaging Solutions
“I have worked with the team at Chase and Associates for nearly 20 years. One of the reasons for such a long relationship is the excellent screening tools they use for our potential candidates. Our success rate with Chase hires developing into a long-term employees has been well over 90%.”
-Steve Foster, President, PAC Worldwide
“I have worked with Chase & Associates for over 30 years. I have a deep respect for Michael, Alexis, and the rest of the Chase organization. Their team is extremely professional, they have tremendous insight into our core markets. Chase is our preferred recruiter for a reason – they deliver!”
-Mike Brandmeier, President & CEO, Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
“When we launched ABX Innovative Packaging Solutions, we needed talented people who could hit the ground running. Michael’s familiarity with people in the business allowed me to consider a wide variety of highly qualified individuals. I couldn’t be happier with everyone he’s introduced to ABX.”
-Michelle Wilson, Chief Commercial Officer, ABX Innovative Packaging Solutions
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Alexis Chase and her team of professionals. She made the concerted effort to present me top-notch talent that will fit our culture here at Charter Next Generation. Chase and Associates’ contributions that will have meaningful impact for years to come.”
-Doug Latreille, Chief Commercial Officer, Charter Next Generation
“Over the course of our 20-year partnership, Chase and Associates worked to fully understand our needs and find candidates that fit our culture. They were with us through every step of the process and brought talented individuals to our organization that have helped us grow and reach our goals.”
-Chris Voight, General Manager, Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
“In working closely with the Chase, I’m continually impressed with their focus on the importance of the fit to the team and the organization. It’s great knowing that we’ve got a creative and proactive partner focused on connecting us with diverse and high performing individuals. ”
Private Equity firms love the packaging industry.
Why is that? Low Risk. High ROI.
And yet mergers and acquisitions tend to get people nervous. Equity managers depend upon top tier talent to smoothly navigate critical transitions.
If you’re looking to augment or fully staff an executive team in the packaging industry, Chase & Associates is a trusted partner with the niche-expertise you need. No other firm comes close to rivaling our command of and deep ties within this industry.
50+ Years In Packaging.
We’ve made over 69,000 connections in the industry and placed over 1,000 candidates since 1971.
We’re not afraid of commitment and we’re not going to rush you into any decisions. We’re in this with you for the long-haul. In fact, our family has been in this business for close to half a century.
Alexis Chase, Managing Partner
2nd Generation business owner
How does she do it? Nobody knows.
Her uncanny ability to determine a good vs. bad fit is legendary.
Which has lead to over one hundred-fifty successful placements in the packaging industry.
Her area of expertise is Vice President and Director level management in Sales, Marketing, R&D and Technology.
Her clients include mid-size privately held companies and multi-billion dollar, publicly traded corporations.
B.A., Columbia University, Barnard College
Alexis and her husband live in Muir Beach, California with their two children. Food, family, and friends anchor her beachside lifestyle. Yoga, when possible, keeps her sane.
Seriously considered becoming a professional modern dancer, spent a year in Italy studying all things Italian, goes on hikes with a tribe of women whenever there is a full moon.
Michael Chase, Managing Partner
The Deal Maker
2nd Generation business owner
Some people recruit. Others turn it into an art form. Michael has handcrafted more than two-hundred fifty successful placements.
Anchored by long term relationships, he has built countless management teams in the packaging industry. His area of expertise include Director, GM, and C-Suite level placements.
Michael’s clients include early stage venture-backed start-ups and roll-ups, as well as multi-billion dollar, publicly traded companies.
B.A., University of California at San Diego
Michael and his wife Allison, a child psychologist, live in Austin, Texas with their two children. Michael’s passion for his family and his obsession for golf cannot be overstated.
Avid chef that NEVER deviates from the recipe, a skilled ping pong player, takes great pride in the fact that his son is still trying to beat him in a wrestling match, loves speciality bourbons.
John Rubio, Senior Search Consultant
Can you imagine Dale Carnegie as an executive recruiter?
John knows how to win friends and influence people. And with over two decades in recruiting, he brings a lot of expertise to the packaging industry.
His operations expertise includes various mid-level managers across many areas.
His clients include mid-size privately held companies, private equity portfolio companies, and multi-billion dollar, publicly traded corporations.
B.A., Florida International University
John and his wife Debbie live in Austin, Texas, where they enjoy the Austin outdoors life (Frisbee golf), BBQing and hanging out with family and friends.
Loves heights: has been skydiving (9) times, hang-gliding, paragliding, bungee jumping, is an avid Sooners fan, and has never worked on his birthday. Not even once!
Tony Blanco, Senior Recruiter
Braveheart? Not the Scottish version, the Chicago version.
Intensely committed to our clientele, Tony brings a unique edge to our team. Competitive yet kind, driven yet personable, candidates open to his charm. This unique blend of talent opens doors that might otherwise be closed.
His expertise stretches across the vast majority of our placements in the packaging industry.
Tony lives with his wife April in Austin, Texas along with their young daughter. When not watching Disney with his little one, he can usually be found reading a good book.
Former stand up comedian, grew up in the heart of the Bayou, is a Survivor superfan, has a physical aversion to theme parks, and is the current ping pong champion at Chase & Associates.
Paula Mellion, Search Consultant
The Relentless Hunter
Picture a Type A former paramedic with expertise in archery hunting for the perfect candidates on your behalf.
No, we’re not making that up.
Her intensity coupled with her skills in candidate curation make her a valuable member of our team.
Her expertise stretches across the vast majority of our placements in the packaging industry.
B.A., Medical University Of Warsaw
Paula lives in Seal Beach, California. She’s all about organic food, screaming at the TV while watching sports, and collecting interesting pictures.
Terrified of flying, an accomplished archer and knife thrower, can repair mechanical things, loves fast cars, and is an accomplished bartender. Yes, we hired James Bond.
Erica Stokes, Operations Admin Manager
She never has more than one pen on her desk. It never happens.
How is that even possible? Erica brings calm to the chaos. She is the glue that helps our firm soar.
Erica has more titles than there are stars in sky. No matter the challenge, she always rises to the moment.
Legendary performance never happens in a vacuum. It requires the attention to detail that Erica provides Chase and its clientele on a daily basis.
B.A., English, The University Of Texas
Erica lives in Austin with Tink, her mini-Schnauzer. She’s a Certified Organic Master Gardner, camper, and bird lover.
Can name almost every plant and animal in her backyard, a voracious consumer of forty podcasts, a die hard Eagles football fan; yes, Erica is organically eclectic.
Sarah Thompson, Recruiter
No, really! Her family has been in the cattle business for generations!
Sarah has a sixth sense of people and the things that make them tick. She enjoys using her extensive skill sets to help people find their dream jobs. Her professional passions include assisting candidates in advancing their careers and finding more happiness.
Her expertise extends across several sectors to include the packaging industry.
University: Florida State University – BA
Sarah lives in Austin, Texas where she can be found hanging out with friends, eating good food, spending time on a boat, and doing pilates/yoga.
Her passion for the hockey team Tampa Bay Lightning is only rivaled by her love for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She is also the proud owner of two miniature horses that are 3 ft tall.
Kenzie Alejos, SDR
Armed with a degree in Criminology, our resident researcher’s attention to detail is without equal.
Kenzie focuses her many organizational talents on promoting Chase & Associates globally and doing deep dive research to find top talent for our clientele. Driven by details, her ability to spot diamonds is stunning.
Her expertise extends to all aspects of our industry and clientele.
B.S., Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology and a Certificate in Conflict & Resolution
Kenzie lives in Austin, Texas with a childhood friend that dates back to middle school. Also in residence, her beloved dog, Bear.
Obsessed with anything crime related, will watch any true crime or crime related documentary, movie, series. Loves being at the lake. Big KC Chiefs and Kansas State fan!
When you have spent half-a-century finding top talent in the packaging industry, you learn a few things along the way.