Wilson Blake, CEO
As a founding partner and CEO, Wilson is transitioning from day-to-day leader of Blake Solutions (BSI) to relationship manager. He is a member of the National Council of Architectural Accrediting Boards and received a bachelors degree in architecture with honors from the University of Tennessee. He is the license-holder for Blake Solutions’ nationwide contracting licenses.
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.
President of Construction
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.
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.
VP & General Counsel
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.
Director of Project Management & Purchasing
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 product offerings, 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.
Director of Pre-Construction
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.
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.
Andy studied civil engineering at Christian Brothers University and began his career in the construction industry working as an Estimator/PM Assistant for a general contractor while still in college. Since then, he has developed extensive experience in estimating, project management and material distribution for a variety of companies. Andy represented BSI in the Project Management division for two years prior to his current role. Andy prefers to spend his free time on the lake whenever possible.
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.
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.
Senior Project Manager & Sales, Southeastern Region
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.
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.
Project Design Coordinator
Kristen 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 Kristen is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as traveling.
Eric joined Blake Solutions in 2021. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. He brings over 20 years of interior design experience in kitchen and bath design, where he focused on space planning, plumbing specifications, showroom and display design, and public relations support. He is a native of Memphis where he resides with his wife Wendy Graciela and they have five children together. He enjoys nature, vinyl records, creating art, and spending time with his family. Before coming back home to Memphis, he lived in Wisconsin, so he is a huge fan of the Packers, Bucks, and Brewers.
Shane Lambert joined Blake Solutions in 2022. He grew up in construction and was a 3rd generation residential home builder until the economic downturn of 2008 where he pursued other opportunities. He has held many roles across the construction spectrum including project management, framing and trim carpentry, estimating, and land development. He grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and moved to West Michigan, where he currently resides, in 2009. Shane has a bachelor’s degree in counseling and an MA in Leadership from Luther Rice University in GA.
Shane has a son, twin daughters and a grandson. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, martial arts and boating.
Assistant Project Manager
Zane graduated from Southwest Community College with an associate degree in criminology. He worked with a local surface company before coming to Blake Solutions in 2022 as an Assistant Project Manager. Zane works closely with the project managers, reviewing packing lists and keeping up with vendor samples.
Zane moved from New York to Memphis in 2008. He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and family on the weekends. He also enjoys spending time outside working in his gardens.
Phillip McElyea is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and joined Blake Solutions in 2023. As Sourcing and Procurement Manager, Phillip works with foreign and domestic suppliers to ensure the proper materials are available for each project. Before joining the Blake Solutions team, Phillip worked in the furniture and home décor industry for over 20 years.
Phillip is a native of North Mississippi, where he resides with his wife Erin and daughter Aubrey. When not working, Phillip enjoys supporting the Memphis Grizzlies, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Sales & Installation Supervision – Western Region
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 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.
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.
Blake joined Blake Solutions in 2022 as part of the Install team as a Construction Coordinator. Blake brings six years of Project Management experience from the metal stud framing and drywall industry. He also has spent over 15 years working as a PM and Account Coordinator in the contract packaging industry.
Blake was born and raised in Memphis, TN and is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a degree in Marketing and Sales. In his free time, Blake enjoys attending his son Sam’s baseball and basketball games with his wife, Leslie. When he can find the time, Blake loves to travel. You can also find him working on his golf swing or spending time with family and friends.
IT & Office Manager
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.
Hannah joined Blake Solutions in early 2023. She is a graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business. Hannah has experience in bookkeeping, as well as banking.
When Hannah is not working, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, and spending time outside with her husband and dog, Milo.
Chuck Blake, Founder
Chuck Blake passed away March 3, 2019 after a valiant fight with cancer. He founded the company now known as Blake Solutions in the mid-1970s after gaining experience at trailblazing hospitality companies including Holiday Inn (subsequently Bass, Promus and Hilton) and Allen & O’Hara (subsequently EdR and Greystar). Blake Solutions, Inc. has grown to become a nationwide, turn-key provider of cabinets, countertops, sinks, bowls, shower enclosures and other products for multi-unit projects. Chuck introduced innovative interior construction products to his colleagues at Holiday Inn, A&O and other industry leaders.
Chuck’s tenacity, reliability, integrity, professionalism, vision, empathy, passion and commitment to relationships have placed BSI on a trajectory to continue to provide innovative products and services to our customers now and into the future. Chuck was universally loved and respected by his family, friends and business colleagues and associates.