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Hi, I’m Mary Pat Blake. I’ve been growing businesses for over 25 years across multiple industries. In 2002, Blake Strategic Consulting was started to accelerate clients’ business growth and to increase their financial value. I work with companies both large and small, and from startups to 100 year old iconic brands. The work I do for them varies and includes building and executing go-to-market plans, competitive strategy, dialing up competitive advantages, marketplace analysis, brand creation or brand fixing, new products, and business development.

I am also hired as an interim manager to turn situations around, to solve problems, and to manage key initiatives. Typical roles include COO, CMO, and Special Assistant to the CEO. I am the former chief marketer for Charter Communications, a Fortune 500 company, and I was a member of its Executive Committee.

This has extended to Board Director service over the past decade. It’s been a pleasure to serve companies and to help them grow.

My education is Harvard Business School (MBA) and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (BS in Business). Both degrees were focused on marketing, finance, and general management.

I built my skills as a classically trained marketer and a director of finance in consumer products and restaurants with General Mills and Taco Bell. I’ve extended this experience into technology industries including cable, broadband, Internet TV, and the Internet of Things.

I’m passionate about serving clients well and treating their businesses as if they were my own. When a client’s situation requires a unique skillset, other quality professionals will be brought into engagements on an as-needed basis.

Mary Pat Blake – Abbreviated Bio


  • Chief Marketing Officer & Member of the Executive Committee — Charter Communications Inc.


  • Product Manager — General Mills Inc.


  • Director of Finance — General Mills Inc.


  • Director of Marketing & New Product Development — Taco Bell Corporation


  • National Marketing Manager — Taco Bell Corporation


  • President & Consultant — Blake Strategic Consulting LLC, 14 years


  • 3x Entrepreneur


  • Harvard MBA


  • Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, BS Business, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Board Director


  • Mentor, Minnesota Cup Entrepreneurial Competition (2014 Champion, and 4 Division Winners)


  • Overseer, Board of Overseers, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Blake Strategic Consulting, LLC

  • Founded in 2002


  • Provides counsel to many industries including:

— Technology
— Consumer products & services
— Internet of Things
— Cable & broadband
— Media & entertainment
— Food service

Blake Strategic Consulting is headquartered in Minneapolis and serves clients throughout the country.

Blake Strategic Consulting
5832 Lincoln Drive No 172
Minneapolis, MN  55436