Blake joined The Independent BankersBank (TIB) in 2008 and has 23 years of investment and banking experience. He currently serves as senior vice president, designated principal and director of Capital Markets Sales. Prior to his tenure at TIB, he worked at two separate community banks where he served as a lender, investment portfolio manager and an ALCO Committee chair. Blake is a third-generation community banker.

Blake’s responsibilities at TIB include advising banks on investment strategies, portfolio management, purchases and sales of fixed income securities, and asset/liability management. In addition, he serves as the Designated Principal and Director of Capital Markets Sales where he oversees the investment sales staff and trading desk. He also sits on TIB’s Internal ALCO committee. Blake holds his Series 52 (Municipal Securities), Series 53 (Municipal Securities Principal), Series 63 (State) and Series 72 (General Securities) licenses.

Blake provides educational content as a writer and speaker for several state and regional banking associations and banking programs. Topics covered include economics, bond math, government/agency debt analysis, mortgage-backed securities analysis, municipal and corporate securities analysis, interest rate swaps and derivatives, asset/liability management, and investment portfolio optimization. Blake has served as a lecturer at Southwestern Graduate School of Banking for the past eight years and GSBC for the past two years.

Blake received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. He received his MBA from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.