Forrest Blake lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife Jeannie and daughter Rachel.

 

Extensively experienced in commercial real estate, as well as overseeing 15 retail stores, streamlining operations, motivating staff, negotiating vendor relationships and establishing a profitable exit. The goal is to obtain an executive position in a small to mid-sized company in the greater Los Angeles area.

 

RETAIL ROLL UP & TURN AROUND MANAGEMENT

 

GolfTEC

December 2005 to June 2012

Title: CEO – Southern California

 

• Purchased first franchise in 2005 and opened the first 2 centers in 2006

• Obtained financing

• Rolled up 15 Southern California Centers (Click Here for OC Register Article)

• Implemented client payment plan options

• Closed 2 Centers to eliminate negative cash flow

• Upgraded staff with 30% positive turnover

• From 2008 prices were raised by 35% in order to target the right demographic

• Accelerated Success System was put in place to have the employees train with other successful employees

• Completed all accounting functions including: budgeting, payment processing, bank reconciliations, lender reporting and cash flow management

• Same Store Increases ending August 31st - 2010 of 27%, 2011 of 25%& 2012 of 12%

• Converted all non-management staff to hourly in order to control our largest expense

• Created a private placement and raised over $1M and then elected to sell the business to the Franchisor and returned the money to the investors

• Hired by the Franchisor to help on a national basis to implement changes that made the Southern California market extremely successful

• Became a plus 3 handicap player and won several SCGA events

 

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

 

Fairway Vacations

March 2009 to Current

Title: CEO & Co-Founder

 

Fairway Vacations provides guided group golf trips to Scotland.

• Primarily responsible for building the website from start to finish using the WordPress platform

• Launched May 2009

• Created many site videos using AVID software. These videos became a cornerstone of the marketing efforts on the site

• In 2011 the revenue was over $300,000

• Most of the sales is initiated from a strong Google keyword campaign

• 2013 projected travelers to Scotland will exceed one hundred

 

GolfTEC Travel

July 2012 to Current

Title: Director

 

GolfTEC Travel is exclusive to GolfTEC clients and their guests. Differing from Fairway Vacations, this company will be providing an extensive selection of golf destinations and competitive events.

• Managed the early development of the site and ultimately took over this function and saw the project to its completion

• Developed and edited all videos on the site

• Created the itinerary and negotiated with the resort destinations for the trips

• Launched in November 2012 and the first trip is planned for February 2013

 

Commercial Real Estate with Multiple Companies

February 1998 to May of 2006

Title: Vice Presiden

 

Over 16 years in commercial real estate representing tenants in their office leasing needs.

• Multi-market transactions skills on a local, national and international basis

• Clients include Warner Brothers, Blue Shield, Texaco, City of Glendale and many internet and software companies

• Close to 2,000,000 square feet of office space acquired for clients

• As a single point of contact, managed company’s portfolios of real estate leases

• Budgeted real estate expenses

• Site review, demographics and reporting for clients

• Coordinated the hiring of project teams including architects and contractors

• Negotiated rent and concession agreements

• Managed the project for on time completion

• Performed operating expense audits

 

FICTION WRITER

May 2004 to May 2006

 

Co-Authored as a ghost writer two novels, Sullivan’s Justice (2005) and Sullivan’s Evidence (2006) with New York Time best-selling novelists Nancy Taylor Rosenberg. Publisher was Kensington Books. Wrote a yet to be published novel, “December.”

 

MyGolfPeople

August 2009 to June 2012

Title: CEO & Co-Founder

 

MyGolfPeople was an online golf community where people could come and connect and play.

• Worked with a team of developers both in the US and overseas

• Launched in March of 2010

• Had a 6 member board and one full time employee

• Sold 1,800 memberships for $99

• Organized and ran 15 golf related events

• Created discount vouchers for the members

• Sold in June, GolfTEC plans to develop the site and concept further

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  • JoinedAugust 2011
  • OccupationGolf Business
  • HometownDallas
  • Current cityWest Hills
  • CountryUSA
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