After graduating in 1972 with a Bachelor's Degree in English and philosophy from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Blase began working as an advertising copywriter and technical writer at Leblond, Inc. (now Leblond/Makino, Inc.). Leblond/Makino is a multinational capital goods manufacturer in Cincinnati that markets their products worldwide. He was promoted to Assistant Advertising Manager and then to Advertising Manager, overseeing a department of seven people and handling the marketing, advertising and public relations account coordination duties for the company's entire product line.
In 1978, Blase left Leblond/Makino to become Advertising Manager for Xomox Corporation, a multinational fluid flow control manufacturer in Cincinnati. His responsibilities included managing an in-house advertising agency that produced the creative, media planning and public relations for the company's many different product lines. He was also involved in new business development and product forecasting.
In 1981, while working full-time at Xomox Corporation, Blase began work on a master's degree at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He received his master's degree in English in 1985.
After seven years at Xomox Corporation, Blase, fed up with the corporate world, moved to northeast Ohio to become an assistant professor of advertising in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University. He served as the Advertising Sequence coordinator for 10 years. He teaches Principles of Advertising, Advertising Copywriting, Advertising Media Planning, Advertising Campaigns and Ethics and Issues in Mass Communication. From 1986 to 1988 he served as the Assistant to the Director of the School, taking on more administrative duties. In 1995, in addition to teaching, he was made Undergraduate Coordinator. This position oversees advising and curricular administration for the School.
From 1988 to 1991 Blase was a part-time consultant with the Gibson Network which specializes in providing marketing and creative support to entrepreneurial companies that have venture capital backing.
Blase has been a member of the Advertising Club of Cleveland, a former board member of the Advertising Club of Akron and member of the Point of Purchase Institute.
Blase was appointed Associate Director of JMC in 2008. In spring of 2010, he was awarded a Provost's Fellowship, working in that office on Dual Credit Initiatives for the University. In June of 2010, he was given a year's appointment as Interim Executive Director of Undergraduate Studies, helping to reorganize that college.
- B.A. in English, John Carroll University, 1972, M.A. in English, Xavier University, 1985