In January 2001, Missouri native Fred Bueler visited the Valley while checking out colleges. It took about five minutes to decide to trade the snow for sunshine. Bueler graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in civil engineering in 2006, and has spent much of his career helping make Arizona feel like home for others through his work at CHASSE Building Team. We recently sat down with him to learn a little more about his business and its approach to work, life, and giving back.

 

First, tell us about what you do at CHASSE?

When I started with CHASSE in 2008, we were in our infancy as a small, local business fighting to grow despite being in the middle of the Great Recession. All these years later, well past the recession—not to mention the pandemic—we have grown to more than 225 employees and are working on more than $475 million in local construction project annually.

 

Can you tell us about some projects of note?  

Current projects run the gamut, but CHASSE is especially adept at K-12 school modernization and new builds, multi-family, higher education, municipal, industrial, retail, worship, and office builds. Of note are the Mountain View High School modernization, which won a 2023 Real Estate Development Award, as well as John S. McCain III Elementary School, Canyon View High School, and the modernization of Scottsdale Unified School District’s Hohokam Elementary School. Other buildings folks have likely seen that we’ve done include Formation Scottsdale, The Haverly, The Fillmore, the N.O.A.H. Venado Valley Health Center, Novel Midtown, the U-Haul Conference and Fitness Center, The Astor at Osborn, Overture Kierland, and Heidi’s Village.

 

CHASSE is a recent AZ Business Angel Award Winner and Most Admired Company, in large part due to your collective approach to giving back. Can you share a little about your philanthropic philosophy?

Everything we do is based on a core vision: “Building to make a difference … for our teammates, our clients, and the local communities we serve.”

To really focus on the community aspect, CHASSE has invested over $4 million into charitable causes across Arizona, with a particular emphasis on kid-focused philanthropy and efforts that benefit the education of our future leaders. Of course, we like to roll up our sleeve,s as well. We volunteer, on average, 4,000 hours each year collectively. By way of example, we recently celebrated our annual CHASSE-giving, a companywide effort to fund, package, and distribute more than 1,500 holiday meal kits to local families in need. 

I am personally proud to help lead CHASSE’s STEM program as a volunteer chair. I am also the past-baseball chairman and an active member of the Scottsdale Charros. Prior, I served nearly a decade in the Scottsdale Active 20-30 club, where I chaired both Brokers for Kids and Agents Benefitting Children and am also a former chair of the Valley partnership golf tournament.

 

What is CHASSE STEM?

In an effort to enhance the construction process on school campuses where we are working, we engage the students through our own STEM-based program. It includes classroom instruction and assemblies, allowing students to learn about the construction process, and learn about the different career paths the construction industry offers.

 

Anything else of note to share?

I’d love to share a note on the importance of work-life balance. Workplace burnout can create an increased risk of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, mood disturbances, substance abuse, workplace injuries, and interpersonal conflict between coworkers. It is a real thing. To proactively increase employee wellness across the health spectrum, we created our CHASSEing Healthy initiative in 2022. It has three main pillars—CHASSE Eats, which focuses on food and nutrition; CHASSE Gains, which addresses movement and exercise; and CHASSE Headspace, which dives deep as it relates to mindfulness, mental well-being, and behavioral health—and within our office each pillar is led by teammates who have shown a passion for that particular vertical. Together with fellow advocates, these committees develop resources, host events, and push innovative health and wellness challenges to their teammates through formal and informal means. It has been a game-changer for us!

Fred Bueler