Blake Arnold ?21

Blake Arnold

Class Year


Current home

Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin



Current Position

District Manager at Sunrun

In 2022, Blake Arnold ’21 started out in an entry-level sales role at Sunrun, a leading residential solar provider. He was able to progress quickly — being promoted to account executive and then to district manager. In 2023, he received the High Achievement Award for his regional sales territory.

His ultimate career goal is to build a high-level sales organization that helps former students and athletes grow into successful, confident, and skillful entrepreneurs.

Mr. Arnold frequently helps out the Carthage men’s volleyball team, mentors students through summer sales internships, and assists students with their post grad plans at alumni panel events. “Giving back feels good. It feels right to pass on knowledge, opportunities, and time to the Carthage community.”

“I chose Carthage because I wanted to be part of a tight-knit community. I wanted to get the most out of my classes and learn as much as possible.”

Blake Arnold, ’21

What have you enjoyed most about your career?

“The growth of my peers and myself. To be able to come into an industry, progress quickly, and see others succeed along side you is priceless. What keeps me continuing to improve myself is the way I have had a positive influence on others.”

How did Carthage prepare you?

“Being a student-athlete helped prepare me for my professional development. Time management, hard work, and goal setting are all skills I learned by being a student-athlete. Also, the leadership qualities I gained by being a captain helped me progress more quickly in my career.”

How has your liberal arts education benefitted you?

“Learning a language. Carthage is a school that requires you take 2 credits of another language. It wasn’t until Carthage that I found a passion for Spanish. I applied myself, trusted my professors, and went out of my way to become more immersed in the language. The choice to do so has blessed my life unimaginably. I have been able to travel the world and connect with different cultures, advance faster in my career by being bilingual, and also be ready for future opportunities that have yet to come by knowing another language.”

Why did you choose Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because I wanted to be part of a tight-knit community. I wanted to get the most out of my classes and learn as much as possible. I felt that smaller classes, lower student/professor ratios, would be best. I also wanted to compete at a high level in volleyball.”

What opportunities were made possible because of your Carthage experience?

“The confidence and intelligence I built from being at Carthage allowed me to see opportunities and take them as they come. You can really do anything after college if you apply yourself and make the right connections. For me, with my business knowledge and leadership skills as a national champion, building a sales team fit my skillset.”

What Carthage professors played a part in your success and how?

Professor JJ Shields inspired me to learn sales. Professor Mimi Yang created a fun and challenging learning environment to learn a language. And Coach JW Kieckhefer was an amazing volleyball coach who taught the game and life lessons at the same time.”

Were you an award recipient? If so, tell us about the awards you received and what they meant to you.

“I was named 2021 National Champion (23-0 Season) for the Carthage men’s volleyball team and received All Academic Team accolades for 2018-19.”

What role have the values in Carthage's mission, "Seeking Truth, Building Strength, Inspiring Service — Together" played in your life?

“These values are all something we can strive to live by. Honesty, strength, and inspiring others is what is most fulfilling. The ultimate goal is to live a happy, fulfilling, and positive life. If we all keep these values in the back of our mind, it can become very attainable.”

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