As CEO of Columbia International Finance LLC, Peter J. Chase brings international capital to economic development projects in Washington State. Economic development in his home state is a passion for Pete, with the company’s goal to support the funding needs of job-producing endeavors.

Pete Chase, DePaul Industries Advisor to the BoardThe former co-founder and CEO of Purcell Systems, Pete launched Purcell Systems in 2000 as a supplier of integrated telecommunication enclosures, and oversaw its growth to a profitable global operation with annual revenue of $140 million and 170 employees.

Pete earned the 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young for achievement in the communications industry, and continues as a regional judge for that program. He also serves on the board of StartGrid, Inc. in Burlingame, California.

Purcell Systems was named #21 on the Inc. Magazine list of top 500 U.S. growth companies in 2005, and won the 2011 AGORA Award as the best business in greater Spokane, Washington.

Pete is a graduate of Gonzaga University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He resides in Spokane with his wife, Amy, and sons, Alex and Atticus.