Hi. I'm Blake.

I'm a CPA who specializes in cloud technology.

I write a weekly email newsletter for management accountants called Own Your Close. David Leary and I produce a weekly show called the Cloud Accounting Podcast. And occasionally I post an article on my Cloud Accounting Blog.

Connect with me on LinkedIn and follow me on Twitter!

Work

I work at FloQast as a Senior Product Marketing Manager, but a better title for what I do is "Cloud Evangelist." We're a bunch of accountants making close management software that helps accounting teams close the books faster and more accurately.

Before that, I was a Manager in the Outsourced Finance & Accounting division of the Consulting practice at Armanino LLP, the largest California-based CPA & Consulting firm and a top 25 firm nationwide.

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My accounting career began in 2012 when I founded Cloudsourced Accounting, an online bookkeeping and cloud integration firm that grew to serve hundreds of clients. We were one of the first Xero bookkeeping partners in the United States and led the way in leveraging cloud accounting and online project collaboration tools to provide our clients with a superior customer experience.

Cloudsourced Accounting was acquired by HPC (formerly Harshman Phillips & Company) in 2015. After the purchase, I served as Director of Technology and Marketing for HPC, then later worked with cloud accounting software developer Xero as a "Xero Ambassador" for the U.S. West Coast. 

Awards

I was honored to be named to CPA Practice Advisor's 40 Under 40 list for the accounting profession in 2016 and 2017.

Education

I earned my bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University, where I majored in cello performance. At the time I put up a few audition tapes on YouTube. 

Here's a link to my favorite (the Prelude from the C Major Suite by J.S. Bach).