In 1906, Blake Hayden’s greatgreat-grandfather, J.R. Laswell, founded one of the first real estate companies in Owensboro, establishing a legacy of Owensboro realtors that continues to this day. Blake’s great-grandfather, Thomas Laswell, Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps, and took the reins of the family business in 1930. Beginning in 1950, Blake’s grandfather, Bob Laswell, along with Bob’s brother, Tom, worked as real estate brokers for the firm of J.R. Laswell and Sons. And the family real estate business continued when Blake’s father, Carroll Hayden, moved back to Owensboro to become a fourthgeneration Realtor.
BUILDING ON TRADITION
After graduating from University of Kentucky in 1999, it would’ve been natural for Blake to start his career in real estate. Instead, he found himself in the field of insurance sales, which took him to a career in Florida. But he wouldn’t stay away from the world of real estate for long. In 2006, Blake married his wife, Missie, who is also a thirdgeneration Realtor. And after the birth of their first child, Blake and Missie moved back to Owensboro, where Blake joined his father as a real estate appraiser. Still feeling the tug of the family business, and with the encouragement of his father, Blake left the world of appraising, and began his own career in real estate in 2012.
A NEW CHAPTER
Blake gained his footing, as well as valuable experience, in over 7 years working as an agent for ReMax Professional Realty Group. In fact, Blake credits the management team at ReMax, and owner Pat Cason, for their immense help in getting him to this point in his career. But as he saw his work moving in a new direction, Blake put together a team of like-minded professionals, including his wife, Missie, and in 2020 formed the Blake Hayden Group, an independent real estate brokerage firm. In addition to Blake and Missie, the team also includes Realtors Joe Daugherty and Sidney Wilson, each of whom brings a unique set of skills and experience to The Blake Hayden Group.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
With his skilled team around him, Blake is confident in their ability to assist clients with all of their real estate needs. Whether in residential or commercial, sales or leasing, or even land development, The Blake Hayden Group is fully equipped to handle any aspect of the buying and selling process. Throughout the process, you can be assured that their team will go above and beyond to meet their clients’ expectations. In a profession where success is marked by volume of sales, The Blake Hayden Group takes the extra steps to ensure that none of their clients ever feels like just another transaction.
Approaching each buyer and seller they serve with impeccable attention to detail, the Group strives to get better every day. And by treating their clients with the respect, patience and specialized care that Owensboro has come to know and expect from them, The Blake Hayden Group looks to continue his family’s real estate legacy for many years to come.
Story courtesy of Owensboro Living.