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Chase Blanton

Company: Rheem Manufacturing
Title: District Technical Representative
Age: 26

Chase Blanton knew at a young age that he wanted to enter the skilled trades. As a high school graduate, Chase was awarded a full technical trades scholarship based on his GPA and National Honors Society achievements. He was also a Skills USA qualifier, placing third, in the state of Alabama.

“Working with my hands was always something that appealed to me,” Chase said.

He entered the industry working for a contractor, as an internship, while he was attending Gadsden State Community College to earn his associate degree in Applied Science. This allowed him to gain firsthand knowledge of installation, application, and service of HVAC equipment. He quickly excelled at these techniques and was attracted to the technical intricacies of HVAC systems and how they operate.

In 2019, at the age of 23, Chase achieved a position in this industry that normally requires the experience of someone much later in their career when he was hired into his current role as district technical representative with Rheem.

“My overall goal would be to positively impact the HVAC industry by driving education and innovation. The position I can do that most effectively in is the one I want to be in,” Chase said.

Chase also continues to give back to the industry not only by sharing his knowledge conducting training but through volunteering to judge for the Alabama Skills USA competition and mentoring young people about opportunities in the trade.