Mike Chase is the founder and president of MD Chase and Associates. With over thirty years of extensive global managerial experience in marketing, sales, operations, and finance, he has worked in several distinct sectors of the aerospace industry, including corporate, commercial, airline, and supplier.
As the Director Market Research for Gulfstream Aerospace, he lead the market research staff in sales research, product research that included feasibility and viability studies for market expansion, competitive intelligence, various industry surveys, forecasts, and market outlook studies.
As the Director Marketing/Sales for a new startup venture, Scheduling Systems Incorporated, he sold state-of-the-art airline scheduling software to the airline industry.
As a Senior Manager, Market Analysis and Planning at McDonnell Douglas Corporation, he managed a team of over 15 market development analysts and traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East/Africa, Pacific/Asia and China to present marketing, fleet planning, and industry analysis studies to 50+ of the world's largest airlines over a ten year period that included 4 around-the-world trips. His finance experience came while at Western Airlines where he was Manager, General Accounting - Corporate Statistics for over five years with responsibilities for gathering and reporting externally and internally passenger and cargo traffic to the various regulatory agencies. He is an accomplished industry spokesperson at numerous industry conferences - Air Transportation Research International Forum (ATRIF), FAA /Transportation Research Board (TRB) subcommittee on Business Aviation, SpeedNews, and IATA.
He possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a major in Transportation Economics from the University of Washington. He was a Guest Lecturer for four years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in a graduate course on Airline Management Issues and Industry Analysis. He attended the prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society Air Transport Course at Oxford University, Oxford, England. He is a current member of the executive committee of the TRB which oversees regional and business jets as well as helicopters. He regularly attends the meetings of the subcommittee on Business Aviation in Washington D.C. and was a previous member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) research board.