Blake received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, and minor in Economics, with honors, from San Jose State University, and his Master of Accounting from the University of Southern California. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program at the University of Florida, he gained professional experience as a Senior Associate within the audit practice of KPMG in Los Angeles, California. He maintains active CPA licensure in the state of California. His primary research area is audit archival, specifically relating to audit quality and audit firm resources. He is also interested in the incentives, methods, and consequences of strategic behavior within and beyond the audit profession.