The Team

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Mike Keenan

CFO

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Mike provides Blake Solutions with financial leadership by designing and implementing accounting and reporting systems, forecasting and budgeting, profitability analysis, and other duties consistent with the Chief Financial Officer title. Mike has over 25 years of experience in financial management, including the CFO role. In prior roles, his responsibilities include accounting, valuation services, and mergers and acquisitions and raising over $300 million in capital for various projects. Mike is a CPA and holds the CFA credential.

Wendy Dabbous

VP & General Counsel

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Wendy is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the University of Memphis Law School. After 18 years in private practice as a trial lawyer and mediator, Wendy made the transition into corporate law and administration with Blake Solutions.

Wendy is an Elder at Woodland Presbyterian Church and has served in various volunteer roles throughout the city of Memphis where she has been a lifelong resident. She is trained in several leadership disciplines and enjoys helping people grow into their roles as leaders in a variety of settings.

Wendy has two adult sons and a beautiful granddaughter. When enjoying her free time, Wendy loves to read, travel, and spend time with family and friends.

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Robyn Byrum

Director of Project Management

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Robyn Byrum is a graduate of the University of Memphis and joined Blake Solutions in 2000. As Director of Project Management, she works with the BSI Project Managers to ensure each project is on schedule and all details are reviewed to deliver a product ready for installation. Robyn also works with our partner factories in Asia regarding product offering, production schedule, packaging requirements and shipping of material.

Robyn is a native of Memphis where she resides with her husband Kyle and two sons, Coleman and Davis. Robyn’s heart beats Tiger Blue and fast during basketball season. When Robyn is not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

David Ruble

Director of Pre-Construction

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David joined Blake Solutions in 2008 with a diverse background in construction, including both residential and commercial expertise. He has traversed the construction industry in roles ranging from Superintendent to Estimator to Purchasing Agent within the residential and commercial markets. David’s expertise in purchasing every aspect of construction products brings a wealth of knowledge to our scope of products.

As Director of Pre-Construction, David oversees the estimating of every project and works with general contractors and developers to ensure they are getting the best possible products for their projects. Through value engineering and other small changes, David assists in making sure projects fit within the budget and the overall design intention.

David moved to Memphis in 1990 from Indiana. He attended the University of Memphis majoring in Accounting with a minor in Electrical Engineering. David has 1 son and two dogs. In his free time, David enjoys watching and playing baseball and basketball.

Mark Stevens

Director of Construction

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Mark joined Blake Solutions in 2010 as the Director of Construction and offers over 30 years of experience in the residential and commercial building business. As Director of Construction, he works with general contractors, installers, and internal customers on all ongoing projects to ensure installation meets or exceeds the owner’s expectations.

Mark also works with internal and external customers during the ordering process with field measuring, guidance on seaming, sealing, job site logistics, material handling, along with numerous other responsibilities. He is a valued member of the BSI management team and is the face of the company on all projects throughout the continental USA.

Mark resides in the Memphis area with his wife Julie and has three grown children. Mark likes to spend his spare time at the lake in the Ozarks.

Jake Graham

Director of Procurement

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Jake is a graduate of Victory University and joined Blake Solutions in 2018 as the Director of Procurement. He has a background in hardware retail with 15 years of purchasing and retail management experience in the hardware industry. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge on international and domestic sourcing and logistics systems.

As Director of Procurement, he manages vendor relationships to ensure all materials are purchased and received in timely manner and at a price to suit the customer’s unique needs in our everchanging global economy. He works directly with a wide base of vendors to ensure our customers have one of the widest selections of products available.

Jake resides in Memphis with his wife, Allison, and two children. He enjoys going to local sporting events and live concerts. In his free time, he likes to do a wide range of outdoor activities such as backpacking and fishing.

Ned Biggs

Director of Business Development

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After graduating from the University of Alabama, Ned spent ten years in the finance industry before transitioning to Blake Solutions. As Business Development Manager, he is responsible for maintaining current relationships and building new ones with valued General Contractors, Developers, and Owners in our target market.

Ned resides in Memphis with his wife Hallie and daughters Eleanor and Evelyn. He is an avid runner, and during his spare time, you can find him hitting the pavement around Memphis.

Erin Kaneen

Sales Representative

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Erin Kaneen joined the Blake Solutions team in 2019 as a Sales Representative. Erin began her career in 2004 with American Hintech. She brings fifteen years of experience in sales, project management, procurement, vendor relations, and logistics. 

Erin lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and daughter. When Erin is not working, she enjoys running, playing golf, and spending time with her family and friends.

Bryan Ross

Chief Estimator

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Bryan brings 22 years of experience in commercial construction specializing in retail and office build outs and ground up construction. During his career, he was instrumental in the design and construction of AutoZone, Storage USA, and Homeland Self Storage facilities. Bryan joined Blake Solutions in 2010 as a Project Manager specializing in design, estimating and project management in the dorm and multi-family division.

Bryan is a native of Alabama but moved to the Memphis area in 1986 where he resides with his wife and 3 children. Bryan is an avid Alabama football fan. ROLL TIDE!

Eric McCullough

Estimating Administrator

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Eric joined Blake Solutions in the summer of 2019 as an Estimating Administrator.  He works alongside the Director of Pre-Construction and the Chief Estimator and assists them in all pre-construction processes. Eric comes to Blake Solutions with five years of experience in the countertop and cabinet industry, as well as in home improvement.

Eric moved to Memphis from Atlanta in 2015. When he is not working, Eric spends his time taking care of his land and spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys fishing and watching movies.

Hope Dixon

Product Coordinator

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As Product Coordinator, Hope Dixon provides procurement support to the Director of Procurement and administrative support to the Director of Project Management. She assists with product innovation, sourcing, and vendor communications during the procurement process. Hope previously worked in education before relocating to Memphis in 2018.  She joined Blake Solutions in the summer of 2019. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Psychology from the University of Mississippi.

When she is not working, Hope enjoys reading, traveling, watching SEC and NFL football, and spending time with family and friends. 

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Amy Tulgan

Senior Project Manager & Sales, Southeastern Region

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Amy joined Blake Solutions in 2009 as Southeastern Region Sales Representative. She brings extensive experience as an Architect and Designer in the Hospitality Industry to her position. Prior to joining Blake, she was Sr. Designer at Design Continuum in Atlanta GA. She also worked for A&S Marble and Granite as a project manager and project superintendent for Sandy Lane Hotel renovation project in Barbados.

She began her career as Sales & Marketing Manager at Intema Co., a division of Eczacibasi Group in Istanbul, Turkey. Following that experience Amy had her own design–build firm where she completed numerous residential and commercial projects in Istanbul. She holds a B.S. degree in Architecture from Istanbul Technical University.

Amy moved to US in 1997 and lives in Atlanta with her husband, her daughter, and their dog Buddy. She enjoys cooking, watching soccer and basketball, and making arts & craft projects with her daughter.

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Tyler Robinson

Project Manager

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Artist, draftsman and craftsman of the group, Tyler gained experience as a CAD designer working for an office furniture company in Jackson, MS. After graduating from college, Tyler moved to Denver, CO to gain work experience and explore the mountain country. While living out West, Tyler relied heavily on technical design experience working as a CNC operator. Family and friends would eventually bring him back home to the South.

Today, he is applying his design experience at Blake Solutions.

Tyler is originally from Clinton, MS and moved to the Memphis area in 2015. He is a graduate from the College of Architecture, Art, and Design at Mississippi State University. Tyler enjoys spending plenty of time outdoors biking, hunting and camping while spending time with family and friends.

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Kristi McCann

Project Design Coordinator

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Kristi McCann joined Blake Solutions in 2016. She is a Graduate of Lambuth University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. As a member of the Project Management Team, she lends her expertise in cabinet design and renderings, as well as providing support to other Project Management Team Members.

When Kristi is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as traveling.

Sean Talley

Project Manager

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Having remodeled old homes throughout his youth with his father, Sean initially started his college education in Architecture, including an internship at a Memphis architecture firm.  Wanting to see more from the other side of the blueprints, he changed his career trajectory by working in the construction industry.  Starting off as a residential framing carpenter and moving on to work on the interior trades, he learned the finer details of cabinetry, flooring, and trim carpentry.

After graduating with a degree in Management of Construction and Land Development from Mississippi State, Sean became superintendent for a small home builder in Mississippi until the housing bubble.  Seeing the need, he helped his family’s struggling sign business regain its strength and took over operations.  After his stint in the sign industry, he returns to the construction industry as a project manager for Blake Solutions.  He brings his years of experience, including project management, sales, and installation throughout a variety of trades.

Sean cherishes spending time with his wife, Heather, and his two boys, Kaden and Weiland.  When he has spare time, he can be found fixing up old houses or behind a chainsaw carving ice or wood.  He loves blues music, barbeque, and all Mississippi State sports. Go Dawgs!!

George Minkins III

Project Manager

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Scott Dabbs

Installation Manager

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Scott Dabbs joined Blake Solutions in 2019 with a diverse background in the construction industry, including working as project manager and operations manager to running installation offices for multiple residential and commercial construction companies.  He brings a great deal of expertise with installers and a high level of customer service experience.

As Installation Manager, Scott will oversee the Installation Department and work with the Director Of Construction to ensure the best possible service and installations are delivered to our customers. Scott will work closely with our installers to make sure they meet goals and are successful in their day-to-day operations.

Scott is a life-long Mississippian and is a veteran of the United States Army. He enjoys being a father to his two sons Mayson and Jaiden, and husband to his wife Korrie. In his free time, Scott loves playing golf and guitar. He also loves Ole Miss sports and is a huge history buff.

Layne Thurmond

Installation Administration Assistant

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Layne Thurmond joined Blake Solutions in late 2017 as the Installation Administrative Assistant. She is a graduate from Freed-Hardeman University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and is currently working on her MBA. Layne has over a decade of experience working in the home improvement industry, starting in her family-owned hardware store.

When Layne is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, enjoying a Muddy’s cupcake, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

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Dave Lindsey

Sales & Installation Supervision – Western Region

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Dave Lindsey started his career in 1974 with Vermax Industries in Salt Lake City, Utah. He had many duties in his 29 years with Vermax, including serving as Vice President during his last four years. In 2004, he accepted the position of Vice President with American Hintech, as supplier of granite and quartz products based in Xiamen, China. He assisted in positioning the company as a supplier of granite and quartz products to all the major hotel franchisors in the US.

In 2013, Dave joined Blake Solutions. His duties include direct sales and installation management of all BSI cabinets, granite and quartz products in the Western Region of the US.

Bo Faulkner

Field Superintendent

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Bo graduated from the University of Memphis Fogelman School of Business with a focus in Marketing Management, working his way through school as a tutor for the Department of Education during the school year and guiding whitewater rafting during the summers. After college, Bo worked in a variety of fields including sales for AT&T, hardware sales to Orgill, and TV production for the History and Discovery channels. He has also worked in operations seasonally for Flyway Express, a 3PL in Memphis. Taking on the role of Field Superintendent, he now brings his diverse skill set to Blake Solutions’ Installation Department.  Bo is relocating to Orlando to be onsite for our Winter Garden, FL installation as well as monitoring other installation projects in the region.

In his free time, Bo enjoys reading, disc golf, cooking, and painting. An avid foodie, Bo enjoys attending the World BBQ Championships and Memphis Italian Festivals each year, as well as having regular cookouts with friends and family.

David Simmons

IT & Office Manager

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David oversees all IT functions within Blake Solutions –– which is no small feat. He also handles all facility operations, including purchasing and vendor relationships. David comes from a diverse IT background which includes sales, software development, PC repair, and server management.

David holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife, Ashley, moved to Memphis in 2008 and have two sons, Samuel and Eli. When not at work, David enjoys running, cycling, Ole Miss football, and of course all things digital.

Megan Mooney

Administrative Assistant

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Megan joined Blake Solutions in 2016 as an Administrative Assistant. She works alongside the Installation Department and Accounting Department. Megan brings 12 years of experience in administrative work and five years of experience in accounting to Blake Solutions.

Megan is a native of Ohio but moved to Memphis area in 2010 where she resides with her a handsome son, Russell Jr. When she is not working, Megan enjoys the outdoors, scuba diving, reading with her son and traveling.