Blake began his career with the Sangamon County Farm Bureau in February 1981. In December of 1981, he started with the Pike County Farm Bureau. He took on the role of executive of the Scott County Farm Bureau in 1987.
He holds a BS in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University. He currently serves as a commissioner on the Mid-America Port Commission and the Board of the Mid-America Intermodal Authority Port District. He also serves on the Board of the Community Foundation of West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.