Blake Compton

April 20, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at Shadowbox Live – Backstage Bistro

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About the speaker

You can’t spell “community” without “Compton Construction.” Well, you can, but you shouldn’t. As CEO of Compton Construction, Blake has helped lead the charge in building a better Columbus, infusing creativity and collaboration into commercial construction and completing builds for clients that have become community staples.

Have you ever walked into Hot Chicken Takeover, Land Grant Brewing or Mikey’s Late Night Slice? (For the sake of your taste buds, I hope the answer is “yes.”) These are just a few of the more than 40 Columbus brands Compton Construction has partnered with in 2015, each designed carefully to ensure the brand’s true character shines through in the space.

Beyond the best of food and drink, they play a role in building the organizations that shape the city’s culture, including Experience Columbus, Glass Axis, and most recently, the Columbus Idea Foundry, a transformative project in the creative district of Franklinton. At Compton Construction, the team embraces Columbus’s love for the quirky and creative, and work to amplify the collaborative energy that pulses through the city. The business has become one of the fastest-growing companies in central Ohio, widely recognized for our commitment to doing great work and doing good within Columbus.

Community building isn’t always done with hammers and nails. Blake is involved in a number of organizations that advocate for women, empower disadvantaged youth and foster local arts. Over the past few years, Blake has led community initiatives with The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, Wild Goose Creative, Glass Axis, Girls on the Run, AIDS Resource Center and several others.

When he’s not busy developing spaces for clients, you can find him (usually from a distance – he has a thing for brightly colored pants) restoring his Old Towne East home, enjoying a beer at local breweries and supporting The Columbus Crew at every opportunity.

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Additional details

Rivalry, Strategy, Struggle

The right recipe for success is finding something in your life that you’ll work so hard for and be so passionate about that you consider it all just a game. Blake will explore the intersections of rivalry, strategy, and my struggles in building different communities through a evolving definition of game.

*Backstage Bistro of Shadowbox Live is accessed from the northside of the building/ marked as the THEATER entrance. We’ll hang signs ;)

**Parking for a fee can be found in the lots in the block next to and behind Shadowbox; metered street parking is also available. Car2Go, COTA and Cogo are always encouraged. :)