Chase is responsible for originating new investments, diligencing new business opportunities, structuring transactions and working with our partner companies.
Before joining TSG Consumer Partners, Chase was involved in several different consumer businesses as an entrepreneur, investor, or advisor. He previously led Guthy|Renker’s corporate development activities. Chase started his career as an investment banker with Bear, Stearns & Co. and Banc of America Securities. Chase received a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
What was the first job you had?
I was a mechanic’s apprentice in high school for a contractor with quite a bit of heavy machinery. I’m not sure if it was exactly legal, but I learned how to use some massive pieces of construction equipment. I also became very proficient in sweeping the shop floor.
What attracted you to TSG?
I had the unique opportunity to work with TSG as a partner, acquirer, and seller prior to joining TSG. I was also able to deal with a number of other funds and strategics. TSG’s approach to understanding a business, researching and developing a perspective, and, ultimately, partnering with entrepreneurs is truly unique. TSG’s focus on branded consumer businesses, stellar track record, thoughtful approach to partnerships, and forward-thinking perspective on the consumer category made TSG the ideal fund for me.
What attracted you to the business of brand building?
The way brands are built has changed dramatically in the last decade. The channels of distribution, the marketing mediums, and the ultimate consumers have all dramatically evolved. The increase complexity has created great opportunities and challenges. I am passionate about embracing these changes to build brands in this new environment.
What have you learned from working with entrepreneurs?
1. The business and market may take turns. It’s probably going to get hard. And we’re going to get through it.
2. Treat your constraints or challenges as opportunities.
How do you build trust with entrepreneurs you’ve just started to work with?
Time together, and continuing to fulfill on my promise to them.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Captaining the Cal Rugby team to a national championship.