Blake brings over 35 years of experience providing tax consulting and compliance services to clients that include multinational, publicly-traded corporations, as well as closely held owner-managed businesses. Throughout his entire career, Blake has specialized in federal, state, and local tax incentive programs. Blake is leading the firm’s efforts in providing tax consulting services for Qualified Opportunity Zones. Blake and the HCVT OZ Team have been involved in the formation of over 50 Qualified Opportunity Funds and over 50 Qualified Opportunity Zone Businesses. They have also advised hundreds of other investors and professionals regarding the complexities of formation, operation, semi-annual testing and restructuring of QOFs and QOZBs.
As a thought leader, Blake has been recently interviewed by US News and World Reports and other national publications providing insights into this powerful, yet complex, tax incentive program and has authored several articles and HCVT Tax Alerts about Qualified Opportunity Zones (OZ) and Qualified Opportunity Funds. Blake has developed unique insights into OZ strategies for real estate developers and investors, as well as for operating business start-ups and expansions. In addition to tax incentive consulting, Blake provides partnership and individual tax planning and compliance services. His industry experience is broad and includes manufacturing and distribution, service companies, restaurant, shipping and transportation, energy, and healthcare.
Blake joined HCVT to open the firm’s Long Beach office over 25 years ago and opened the firm’s Park City, Utah office in 2014. Blake has served, in leadership positions on numerous community boards including the Long Beach Community Foundation as Vice-Chair, Cal State Long Beach Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership Governing Council, and the Long Beach Rotary where he served as president. Blake is also an active member of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and served as chairperson and is a regular member of the Park City Rotary Club, The Egyptian Theater, and the Park City Chamber of Commerce. Blake was named as one of the Top 10 California Accounting Professionals in 2015 and 2014. The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce awarded Blake the 2016 Community Spirit Award for his economic development work and leadership in the California Enterprise Zone program. He was recently named as a 2020 Top 25 National OZ Influencer and a Top 25 OZ Tax Specialist by OpportunityZone.com.
Blake is a frequent contributor to leading industry-related publications. TaxConnections.com named Blake as one of the Top 50 Tax Bloggers in the US. Blake has been a contributing columnist for the AICPA CPA Insider, a past columnist for the AICPA Corporate Tax Insider Newsletter, and is a regular contributor to the Long Beach Business Journal as well as numerous other publications. He has lectured at a number of universities, including the University of Southern California (MBT Program) and California State University Long Beach (Annual Tax Conference), BYU and the University of Utah, as well as various business and tax forums throughout the country. Blake has also been a technical resource for many news organizations, including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Press-Telegram, KTLA News, Park City TV, KNX NewsRadio, and KFI Radio KPCW.
Blake began his career at KPMG LLP and was admitted to its partnership. Blake holds a master’s of taxation from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a minor in finance from California State University, Long Beach. Active in both the Long Beach and Park City communities. Blake supports the fundraising efforts of LB and PC Rotary, the LB and PC Community Foundations, Plant LB, The Egyptian Theater/Save Our Stage, and the National Ability Center.
Professional and Community Involvement
Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants Mountain Chapter President
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Tax Section State Bar of California
Park City Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Park City Rotary Club
Long Beach Rotary Club
The Southern California Children's Endowment, Board Member
Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, California State University, Long Beach
Utah Association of CPAs (UACPAs) Tax Issues Committee
Egyptian Theater Park City, Treasurer
Mountain Life Church Park City, Finance Committee
Honors & Awards
- Top 25 Opportunity Zone Tax Specialist 2020, Opportunity Zone Magazine
- Top 25 Opportunity Zone Influencer 2020, Opportunity Zone Magazine
- Chick-fil-A 2016 Community Spirit Award, Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
- "Top 10 Public Accounting Professionals", The National Academy of Public Accounting Professionals (NAPAP), 2015
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Practice Area & Specialization
Credentials and Certifications
CPA, California, Utah
MBT, University of Southern California
BS, Accounting, California State University, Long Beach