Brendan Blake  – Colorado School of Mines  1996-2000

In which country, state, city… do you live now? Marshfield, WI

Why did you decide to live there? We moved for work.

What are you doing for work now? I work as a custom financial software programmer.

If you have a significant other, please tell us about him or her.  I have been married for 4 years to my wonderful wife Amy.

Do you have kids? Please share their names and ages. We have 2 kids Bailey and Emily, ages 3 and 1 respectively.

Do you still have family and friends in the Roaring Fork Valley? Yes, I have a few high school friends that still live in the valley.

Where and when did you graduate from college? I graduated from Colorado School of Mines in 2000, 2001, Pepperdine in 2006, and Colorado Technical Institute in 2012.

What did you study in college? I studied Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and Economics and Business

Which degrees have you achieved? BS in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, BS in Economics and Business, ME in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, MBA with Emphasis in Finance, and a MS in Computer Science with an emphasis in Database Systems

Are you still working toward a certification or degree? No

What’s an important lesson you learned from your schooling?  School will give you a good basis of understanding and get your foot in the door, but the real learning comes from the outside the classroom.

What do you like to do in your spare time and why? I enjoy outdoor activities like skiing and camping because it is a way to put life’s rat race aside and enjoy what nature has to offer.

Tell us about your favorite place or experience. My favorite place is anywhere I am vacationing with my family because it is the people that create the special memories and make the experiences worth while.

What are your plans (or dreams) for the future? I keeping an open mind as to where I will go with work.