My first day at Nordstrom was the same day as a United Way kick-off campaign. Blake was hosting the event for NPG and I remember even 15 years later about his presence. You can assume he was poised given his role in the organization but what was amazing to me was how friendly and kind he was. His thoughtful points about United Way helped encourage me and may others to participate in the campaign.

Throughout my years at Nordstrom his smile always brought a smile to my face. His demeanor was infectious and made Nordstrom a truly wonderful company.

Thank you Blake for being a wonderful leader. You will be missed!

Melody Smith