Blake joined Ryan in 2005 and is responsible for all strategic and operational Information Technology (IT) activities, enhancing Ryan’s ability to be efficient and effective in all aspects of its business. He has over 20 years of experience leading Information Technology Strategy, Development and Operations for several public and private companies in the Consulting, Telecommunications and Financial Services industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, and a Strategic IT Management Certificate from the Scandinavian International Management Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. In April 2011, Blake received Ryan’s inaugural Innovatus Award, recognizing the employee that exemplifies the Ryan brand commitment to delivering “Innovative Solutions to Taxing Problems”. Blake consistently demonstrated an innovative approach to improving client efficiency, effectiveness, and results through a suite of technology-based productivity improvement tools and processes leveraged throughout the field for delivering client value and tax savings.