Blake is a native Vermonter. He grew up spending most of his time outside on his family’s dairy farm in Waterville. After high school, he headed to the big city of Burlington where he graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Economics.
While in college, Blake spent his summers working for a local painting/contracting company. When it was time to decide what he wanted to do after college, he was interested in how he could improve upon the industry he’d worked in. Together with his lifelong friend Tyler and their shared interests of spending time outside, setting aggressive goals, and relentless process improvement, Green Mountain Painters began in 2005.
Among his other roles within Green Mountain Painters, Blake manages the Historic Homes Division (properties built before 1978). He specializes in Lead-Safe work practices and has a passion for preserving historic homes.
When Blake isn’t at work, there’s a 90% chance he’s running, or sleeping. He’s dedicated to running daily, even after spending hot summer days in a lift scraping houses. He is an active member in the Green Mountain Athletic Association (GMAA), and if you’ve ever gone on a group run with him, you’d know him as the one talking about running shoes for inordinate amounts of time. He loves all types of racing, from 5Ks to 50 milers, but his favorite distance is the marathon. He has settled into marathon training in the winter to get his big effort in before the thick of painting season starts.
Blake lives in Winooski with his partner, Diane, and their puppy, Cider Donut.