Blake leads the FGP Technology team with more than 10 years of technical recruiting experience. He has a strong background with the company, holding positions in Executive Search, Business Development, Technical Recruiting, and Sourcing. He is extremely active in the business, serving as Account Manager for key client relationships and assists on all FGP Tech retained searches.
In his first year with FGP as a Healthcare IT Search Consultant, Blake was named the company’s “Rookie of the Year.” After leaving for a brief time in 2009/2010 to try his hand in the technology startup arena, Blake returned to FGP to join the FGP Tech team as an IT Recruiter and was awarded the company’s “Great by Choice” honor. Upon moving from the Recruiter chair into Business Development, Blake has been recognized as the “Top Biller.”
One of Blake’s biggest passions is centered on computer science outreach initiatives at the K-12 level. He actively volunteers during Computer Science Education Week, coding boot camps, Google’s CS First program (directed at middle schoolers) and Hour of Code events. Blake is a member of the Computer Science Teachers Association, and speaks to area students about career paths in Computer Science and IT.
Previously, Blake served as Channel Director for a national network security and disaster recovery hardware and software manufacturer. He started his career out of college in retail management. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
What is your favorite game or sport to watch or play?
Georgia Bulldog football and it isn’t even close. HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS?!
What’s the last book you read and what did you think?
While not the last book I read, the most impactful book I’ve read is The Last Lecture by Jeffrey Zaslow and Randy Pausch. It has had a profound impact on my desire to concentrate on both the legacy that I leave through the people that I touch daily, and on Computer Science outreach at the K-12 level.
What motivates you to work hard?
I’m one of the lucky few in this world that stumbled into the perfect career path. I get to talk tech, stay extremely connected to business initiatives, and help people all at the same time. The helping people, however, is what I love most. More than ten years later I’ve gotten to see how I’ve impacted people’s lives for the better and get to hear all about how I’ve helped them and their families. Not many people get to do that and get paid for it.