I have worked for the company for 11 years and in 4 different states. Luckily I was able to hear Blake speak at recognition meetings, visit our store when I was a department manager, and most recently have him visit my store as a store manager. Blake took the time to email me prior to the visit to let me know he has heard great things that I was doing at my store from my district manager and that speaks volume in his book. I was and still am humbled by that email. Being able to have Blake come meet the team, walk the store, and spend time with the employees was awesome! He taught me things I never knew, met the customers, took selfies with employees, and even had a one on one chat with me which I really appreciated. He was such an inspiration and I really appreciated that day we had together. I took away so many good things from our conversation that day that insprired me and has helped me be the leader I am today.
Everyday as we walk through the employee hallway we see a quote on the wall that Blake said. It reminds us that people work for people. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our customers and our employees.
Blake you have truly left it better than you found it and you will be missed. We will make you proud I can promise you that.