Blake is an avid supporter of the credit union movement, and is proud to devote his time and energy to help some of America’s most successful credit unions forge a pathway to a brighter economic future for America and lead the way in creating a new era for both consumers and the broader credit union industry.
Blake works primarily in the areas of strategic planning, data analysis, product development, marketing and project implementation. His flagship product leverages big data to help uncover new customers, explore gaps in the local marketplace, and deliver precise information on the local landscape.
A few project-based initiatives he has worked on include analyzing prepaid card networks, reviewing ATM networks and merchant services providers, building/selling credit card portfolios, creating business and mortgage lending programs, reviewing SBA loans, uncovering opportunities in auto lending, and developing marketing campaigns to reach gens x and y.
Blake has a strong interest in combating the payday lending industry and creating solutions to serve the underserved and unbanked consumer segment. He assisted in the development of CUBreakthrough’s cornerstone product, the Emerging Market Review.
Blake began his career in the credit union industry at the young age of 8, where he was a Board Member for the youth division of Alternatives Federal Credit Union, a community development credit union in Ithaca, NY. In college he worked the front lines as a teller, and has since acquired experience in business lending, collections, operations, and mortgage divisions of credit unions. He has also worked on a national level for the Executive Management of Opportunity Finance Network, a national network of CDFIs.
Blake is particularly interested in methods for consumer behavioral change to drive positive economic change. He serves on the Board of Directors of Ithaca Hours, one of the most well-know local currencies in the United States. Blake also advises and supports socially-minded start-ups in the electronic payments industry that seek to develop community-centric electronic payment systems. He graduated with honors of cum laude with a degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 2003.