Hometown: Barboursville, WV
Not knowing how Coalfield would fare, Chase Thomas first took on the role of Crew Chief for the first ever QJI Crew. Chase is a passionate, mission-driven person who is now an associate director of the organization.
Prior to his time with Coalfield Development Corporation, he served as a project manager for Brewer and Company, a fire protection contractor. Chase earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University. He has experience in the mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, and manufacturing processes. Thomas has also worked with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
In his resume cover letter, Chase wrote to our board, “I find it very rewarding to see others succeed in aspects of their lives that they did not originally count as possible, and my passion for character development will be at the center of my duties as a crew chief. All of this has given me a deep desire to serve in [the Coalfields]. Every goal of the CDC is something that I will work diligently toward, and my seeking employment as crew chief is more than just a career choice. I am deeply drawn to be a part of community development, and green, sustainable housing falls right in line with my passions and interests.”
Chase is a new homeowner, residing in the Spring Valley area.
Favorite thing about the Coalfields: The land/scenery. It has four distinct seasons in which I enjoy recreational activities in each (hiking, biking, skiing in the wintertime, water sports in the summertime like canoeing or water skiing).
Most interesting place you’ve visited: Algonquin Park, Canada – It was an outdoorsman's paradise.
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