The Team

Our team is committed to transit oriented development, quality properties and responsive management. We seek to enhance the vitality of Seattle’s urban core through our continued stewardship in the South Lake Union, Eastlake and University neighborhoods of Seattle.

Bruce Blume

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
bruce@blumecompany.com
(206) 324-1800

What is the biggest change in Seattle since your childhood?
Two seismic changes come to mind. First, the 1962 World’s Fair and the construction of the Space Needle. This really put Seattle on the map. Then 20 years later Microsoft transformed our city and the world.

What do you love most about Seattle?
The unique blend of natural beauty and human innovation. Seattle is a magnet for bright people who love the outdoors. The city is teeming with world class scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, educators and philanthropists. It is a progressive and thought provoking urban community.

How do you like to spend those perfect, sunny Seattle days?
Jogging on a trail in one of our stunning urban parks. Cruising Lake Washington. Ending the day with a family barbeque and watching the alpenglow on Mt. Rainier, while enjoying a glass of Barolo and a Cohiba.

Greg Blume

Chief Financial and Operating Officer
greg@blumecompany.com
(206) 324-1800

What is the biggest change in Seattle since your childhood?
The overall economic climate, dominated early on by Boeing and evolving to a diversified market that has produced some of the world’s most successful companies from Microsoft to Starbucks and Amazon.com.

What do you love most about Seattle?
The seasons and the people, and by seasons I mean fall – Husky Football!  And by people I mean my fellow Dawg fans.  I am known to bleed purple.

How do you like to spend those perfect, sunny Seattle days?
Rod & reel in hand, swinging a club, or boating on the lake.  Enjoying any of those activities on a sunny Seattle day with friends and family is the best!

Max Blume

Finance and Development Manager
max@blumecompany.com
(206) 324-1800

What is the biggest change in Seattle since your childhood?
I grew up in a Seattle that really lacked dense urban neighborhoods outside of the CBD.  It is the dense urban neighborhoods that allow a city to grow in a sustainable fashion.  I now see these types of neighborhoods popping up all over the place from Ballard to Capitol Hill.  The transformation is happening at a breath stopping (taking?) pace.  It is truly thrilling to be a part of it all.

What do you love most about Seattle?
There is just something magical about Seattle.  For me it is the combination of all of the benefits of city living in the form of restaurants, smart people and entertainment coupled with access to an abundance of natural amenities.  I know that on any given day I can head into the mountains for the day and be back in time to catch a late dinner with friends.  It also helps that it is green year around, you can see water from virtually everywhere in the city and that Seattle is framed by snow-capped mountains almost year around.  What is not to love about that?

How do you like to spend those perfect, sunny Seattle days?
Nothing quite compares with Seattle on those rare days when it breaches 80 degrees.  There are so many things to do in this city, but when the temperatures soar there are two things I need to do.  First is the mandatory dunk in Lake Washington.  I do not care whether it just a 5 minute swim or the entire day on a boat; you need to get into the lake on those perfect, sunny Seattle days.  Second is taking advantage of the long summer evenings that we get in the Pacific Northwest by barbequing and enjoying a meal outside.  That is all I need for a perfect summer day in Seattle.

Tom Bendzak

Director of Building Operations
tom@blumecompany.com
(206) 324-1800

What is the biggest change in Seattle since your childhood?
So much has changed and yet so much has remained the same. Our city delivers on super urban experiences of culture and dining while inviting all interested in a challenge of rural and outback adventure.

The biggest change would have to be that it takes a few more minutes to get to a destination than it used to. With exciting growth comes adaptation. I think we’re pretty good at that around here.

What do you love about Seattle?
Sunrise over the mountains, sunset over the mountains, Mount Rainier to the South and Baker to the North. Both fresh water and saltwater offering endless interest all around us. What’s not to love about Seattle? There are few limits to this place.

How do you like to spend those perfect sunny Seattle days?
My ideal sunny day in Seattle would include a Cascade hike at day break, lunch above an alpine lake finished off with an evening on the deck at Ray’s Boat House watching the sun drop over the Olympics.

Can’t imagine it getting much better than that.

Tara Raymond

Director of Leasing & Marketing
tara@blumecompany.com
(206) 324-1800

What is the biggest change in Seattle since your childhood?
University Village!  I grew up near the shopping center and remember when it was a large property with just a handful of stores – remember Lamonts and Ernst Hardware??  Now the Village is teeming with high end shops, restaurants and amenities.  I look forward to this growth expanding into the University District.  When my grandma attended University of Washington, the University area was an affluent shopping district.  With a neighborhood rezone underway, the impending Sound Transit Link Light Rail Brooklyn Station, increased housing, University and private sector growth, I think the University District is prime for its next wave of transformation.

What do you love most about Seattle?
The people.  I love the down to earth attitude Seattleites have.  People aren’t fussy or pretentious, they’re polite but not overbearing.  Some may question our penchant for fleece, but I like walking into most restaurants without feeling noticeably underdressed.

How do you like to spend those perfect, sunny Seattle days?
I would love to come up with a really glamorous or ambitious agenda, but at the moment my favorite thing to do on one of those amazing Seattle days is one of the simplest things.  Going to a great park, like Carkeek.  It’s an outdoor one-stop-shop.  The kids can play at the beach, watch the trains, and do the salmon slide at the playground; if you’re lucky, you may even run into “Bubble Man”.  The new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park has a ½ mile loop for little bikers and a fantastic view of downtown.  Other park favorites are racing the pond boats at Lake Union Park and the Ballard Locks.

Eric Krieger

Senior Building Engineer
eric@blumecompany.com
(206) 324-1800

What is the biggest change in Seattle since your childhood?
The South Lake Union neighborhood. SLU has blossomed from a nondescript industrial area to a buzzing community filled with great restaurants, shops and parks.

What do you love most about Seattle?
The thing I love most about Seattle is the proximity to our great outdoors. I love that in a short drive, you can get to Mt. Rainer, the San Juan’s, the Cascades or the Olympics. You don’t get this kind of proximity in most major cities.

How do you like to spend those perfect, sunny Seattle days?
Having grown up in Friday Harbor in the San Juan’s, I’ve always had a love for the outdoors. I especially love hiking and kayaking so doing either of those with my family would be how I’d like to spend a perfect, sunny day.

Simone McCready

Assistant Facilities Manager
simone@blumecompany.com
(206) 324-1800

What is the biggest change in Seattle since your childhood?
I think the biggest change would have to be the Cascade neighborhood/South Lake Union. I went to elementary school at the Spruce Street School, back when it was in Cascade. Today, the site is home to the apartment complex, Stack House. When I went to school there, this was a COMPLETELY different place. The mix of old structures (Supply Laundry’s old building, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, to name a few) with new developments has really made this a unique and inviting neighborhood. This is really just the start. I can’t wait to see what this neighborhood looks like in the next 20 years!

What do you love most about Seattle?
The thing I love most about Seattle would have to be the overall atmosphere of the city. It doesn’t matter what area you go to, it’s going to be interesting and it’s going to be distinct. Every neighborhood has its own vibe, its own personality. The city as a whole has done a great job preserving the character of each of these neighborhoods while allowing them to grow and thrive. Each neighborhood offers something different but you will find that they all possess this specific atmosphere that is unique to Seattle.

How do you like to spend those perfect, sunny Seattle days?
I’m pretty simple when it comes to sunny Seattle days. I enjoy going on walks in my neighborhood, taking my dogs, Lola and Tucker, to the dog park and swimming in Lake Washington. And I can never turn down meeting up with friends, grabbing some delicious food and sitting outside, soaking up the gorgeous Seattle views.