Blake grew up in the small town of Laurens, SC. Throughout life his parents taught him the importance of respect and caring for others. He has always been close to his family and spent many Sundays going to church and then to his grandparent’s house for the day. It was the days spent there where he really found the true meaning of caring and serving others. Blake watched as his grandmother would work all day to make everyone comfortable and happy. This is the vision he brings to being an executive director. We have to strive to make our residents and associates happy, comfortable and joyous each and every day.
Blake attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. After college he started his career working in hospice and this is where his love for senior living began. He then had the chance to work as a marketing director for an assisted living and memory care community. He noticed the importance of front line staff as being a critical part of a communities success. After working a couple of years in marketing, Blake was given the wonderful opportunity to become Executive Director.
Blake then moved on to Independent Living and was the Executive Director. Although, a different type of community, he found that one thing remained consistent. To be a great leader you have to develop the right team to work with you. Yes, front line staff still was very critical in a communities success. He was then awarded the opportunity to be a regional director of sales for the state of South Carolina where he led nine communities sales and marketing.
Blake is very excited to join the Watercrest Columbia as Executive Director where he knows wonderful times are ahead.
Blake has been married for 10 years to Brooke who is a nurse practitioner and professor at The University of South Carolina. They have two children: Hadden Claire age 4 and Briggs age 1. He enjoys traveling, South Carolina Football games and spending time with his family. He also enjoys playing golf when he can find time.