Blake Watson will be joining the Facilities Management team as the Director of Finance on May 30, 2017. Within this role, Blake will oversee the accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, accounts payable, and payroll support for a total business portfolio that exceeds $360M.
Blake spent the past six and half years at Turner (formerly Turner Broadcasting) in Atlanta, Georgia. Most recently at Turner, Blake was a Senior Manager in the Corporate segment responsible for the forecasting and budgeting of Research, Legal, and Finance & Accounting. Prior to this role, Blake was a Director within the Process and Systems team, which provided project management support across key cross-functional projects in order to deliver operational changes, system enhancements, and efficiency initiatives. She also worked in the Accounting Center of Excellence leading a team that performed the monthly accounting tasks for the selling, general, and administration functions at Turner and managed the planning, consolidation and preparation of the actual vs. forecast reporting packages for senior Accounting leadership. Prior to her time at Turner, Blake worked for PwC (formerly Pricewaterhouse Coopers) specializing in finance effectiveness consulting as well as providing auditing services in the Washington DC metro area.
Blake received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from Washington and Lee University and her Masters of Business Administration from Emory University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Blake will live in Crozet, VA with her husband, two children, and one very active Rhodesian Ridgeback.