Nashville City Club Member Chase Geiser
Chase Geiser graduated from Belmont University in May 2014 with a few years of Nashville City Club membership already under his belt.
Plus a BA in audio engineering, a minor in philosophy, a leadership emphasis through the honors program and a year as Belmont’s student body president.
But it was his association with the Club that led to his first post-college, full-time job, as Director of Special Projects for Robert Hartline at Absolute Wireless. Hartline also is a serial entrepreneur, CEO and founder of CallProof, a tech startup with app for real-time reporting for sales people in the field.
“Special Projects” involves startups in earlier stages, and Chase is in the thick of it, working on Hytch, a carpooling smartphone app in development.
Chase is from Bloomington, Illinois, loves music and knew he wanted to be in Nashville. The students he met at Belmont sold him. “I loved the students I met,” he says. “They were ambitious and innovative.”
Music, he knew, was a passion but not a career path for him. He’s worked as a lobbyist aide and has designs on politics. The road to working with a high-profile Nashville entrepreneur after graduation started with the realization a few years back that Belmont, though it provides a great education, was not going to get him a job. That and deep interest in Benjamin Franklin.
Study of Franklin’s life led to becoming a Freemason, which led to meeting a City Club member who suggested Chase join the club. Chase had observed recent college graduates serving him in restaurants and stocking shelves in places he shopped. Before long, he was the youngest City Club member, a distinction he held until the last few months.
“If I’ve learned anything, it is that 90 percent of success is showing up and having relationships,” Chase says.
The Club makes building relationships easy and comfortable. Chase took part in the Young Executive Program and the mentor program. He dined at the Club as often as possible.
College students pay a steeply discounted membership rate of $30 a month; young executives below the age of 35 also have lower membership rates. Those under 28 pay only $57.50 a month.
For college students, the investment in Nashville City Club membership is an easy call, Chase says.
“Do you want a job when you graduate?”