Blake had this ability to make you feel like you were the only person in the room – even if it was full! As a long time employee, I have always been inspired by and have placed trust in the Family, particularly Blake because he supported my division – Credit – directly. I spent time with Blake many times over the years but was able to spend more time with him due to changes in leadership here in Credit the last few months of last year. In November, Blake was visiting us and stopped by my desk. He asked me some very tough questions about my business and also offered his opinions and advice. After we were done talking business, he asked me if I had time set aside during the busy holiday season to spend time with my family. When I told him that I was planning on taking time off after the holidays, he gave me a stern look and said to make sure I made time. That conversation meant a lot to me then, and it means even more now. My sincere condolences to the Nordstrom family. Blake was one of a kind.