Chad began his career with Fareway in 1991 as a carryout in Webster City, Iowa. Upon graduation from Webster City High School in 1993, Chad attended Iowa Central Community College. He graduated in 1995 with a degree in food marketing management and was transferred to Cedar Rapids, Iowa one year later. He worked full-time in Cedar Rapids and eventually Moline, Illinois. Chad was promoted to assistant manager in 2000 at the Altoona, Iowa location, and that promotion was followed by two more moves, including Spencer and Oskaloosa, Iowa. Several years in Oskaloosa led Chad to an opportunity to be promoted to store manager of the Omaha West Fareway store. After nine years in Omaha, Chad was able to move into a Regional Supervisor role at Fareway and in 2023, was named Regional Vice President of the East Region.