Blake grew up on his family’s fourth-generation working cattle ranch in the rolling hills of eastern Oregon. From a young age, Blake was always expected to hold his own on the ranch and was quietly exposed to the power of hard work and accountability. Over the years, the responsibilities grew in importance and he now finds himself greatly involved in all day-to-day operations of the ranch. Blake has been responsible for developing and improving the recreational aspect of the ranch, successfully implementing a guided hunting program. He is currently looking to expand and include additional recreational activities. Thanks to his background, he has a broad understanding of farm, ranch and recreational properties and can easily identify the opportunities and strategies that pertain to each.
He attended college on a full-ride scholarship for rodeo and headed off to the great state of Montana. Blake majored in business marketing but also understood the importance of a diverse knowledge base. While pursuing his business degree, he supplemented many agriculture and livestock classes that provided a well-balanced curriculum. In 2005, Blake received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business marketing from Eastern Oregon University.
Blake has always had a great love of the outdoors. Whether it is pursuing big game, snow skiing in fresh powder, or ranching on a good horse, so many awesome memories have been provided by mother-nature’s great gifts.
For several years now, Blake has pursued a successful professional rodeo career and has reached the pinnacle of the sport, The National Finals Rodeo, three times. Because of this sport, he has been fortunate enough to travel all over North America and see first-hand the amazing landscapes. He has met people from all walks of life and has been exposed to farms and ranches far and wide. He has a deep respect for the land as well as the people it supports. Blake strongly believes in the “handshake” way of life and understands the importance of honesty and integrity.