#20. Brock Blake
CEO & Founder, Lendio
As CEO and founder of Lendio, Brock Blake has discovered a way to carry out his passion to make small business lending simple. By matching entrepreneurs and small business owners, his company has helped more than 500,000 owners save time and money by securing the right loan for them. Under his leadership, Lendio has formed key partnerships with Staples, Legalzoon, The UPS Store, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., Experian, and more than 20 other business partners who provide trusted products and services to small business owners. At Lendio, he’s combined different types of funding products, whether angel investors or small SBA loans, under one roof, so to speak, and set up a database of more than 3,500 active lenders in the United States. When he was only 24 and a recent graduate of Brigham Young University, Blake was recognized by Utah Business Magazine as one of the top 40 “Under 40 Business Executives” in the state. In 2006, the Utah Technology Council named him Utah’s Emerging Executive of the Year. Five years later, Lendio was recognized as Utah’s fastest-growing company, and one of Utah’s best companies to work for in 2013 and 2014. His leadership and strategy for Lendio have made his company a major player in this fast-growing field. Currently, he’s a contributor to Forbes.com, sharing his expertise on trends and tips for small business financing.