Tony Chase is chairman & CEO of ChaseSource, LP, a staffing, facilities management, and real estate development firm. ChaseSource is recognized as one of the nation’s largest minority-owned businesses by Black Enterprise Magazine.
Tony started and sold three ventures (Chase Radio Partners, Cricket Wireless and ChaseCom) and now owns and operates the fourth, ChaseSource. The first Chase Radio Partners, founded in 1992, owned seven radio stations and was sold to Clear Channel Communications in 1998. The second was Cricket Wireless a nationwide cell phone service provider that he started together with Qualcomm in 1993. He opened the first Cricket markets in Chattanooga and Nashville, TN. The third was ChaseCom, a company that built and operated call centers in the US and India which he sold to AT&T Corporation in 2007. He is also a principal owner of the Marriott Hotel at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
Tony serves on the boards of Nabors Industries and The Plaza Group. For the past 30 years Tony has taught at the University of Houston Law Center, where he was awarded tenure in 1995. He teaches several courses including contracts, entrepreneurship, communications law, and race and American law. He has also published several legal articles.
Tony is passionate about community engagement and chairs the City of Houston/Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund and co-chaired the City of Houston/Harris County Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. He also serves on several non-profit boards in Houston: Houston Endowment, Greater Houston Partnership, University of Texas School of Architecture Dean’s Advisory Council, Texas Medical Center, MD Anderson Board of Visitors, Houston Zoo Development, and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Tony served as Deputy Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
A native Houstonian, Tony grew up attending Houston public schools. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College, received a law degree from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is also an Eagle Scout.
Mr. Chase is the recipient of many awards including the American Jewish Committee’s 2016 Human Relations Award, Houston Technology Center’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year, 2013 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award (NAACP), 2013 Bob Onstead Leadership Award (GHP) and the 2012 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award. He also received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, the Pinnacle Award (Bank of America) and the Baker Faculty Award (UH Law Center).