The Impressive Early-Season Performance of the Giants’ Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley pic

Saquon Barkley

The recipient of a bachelor’s in business from Tulane University, Geoff Block is a South Carolina-based investment professional who has managed the RLB Squared portfolio since 2013. Beyond his professional pursuits, Geoff Block is a passionate fan of the National Football League’s New York Giants.

The Giants won just one of their first six games to start the 2018 season, but there have been a few bright spots, most notably rookie running back Saquon Barkley. The second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft registered more than 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the team’s first six games. This ranks as the second-best streak to begin a career, behind only Kareem Hunt, who reached seven games in 2017.

During the team’s week 6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Barkley recorded 229 yards from scrimmage, the most by a rookie in Giants history. He also became the first Giants player to register a 40-yard pass reception and 40-yard rush in the same game since Tiki Barber did so in 2004.

Emphasizing his week-to-week consistency, Barkley was nominated for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week award in five of the first six weeks of the season.


Three Golf Courses in South Carolina Lowcountry


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The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes

Since 2013, Geoff Block has worked as the manager of RLB Squared in Bluffton, South Carolina, where he oversees daily operations and employee activities. In his free time, Geoff Block is an avid golfer and golf instructor.

South Carolina Lowcountry is a popular place for golfers. The area is full of fun and challenging golf courses. Here are a few of the top courses to visit:

The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes. Once known as Tradition National, the 250-acre Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes cleverly incorporates the lakes and wetlands of the area. The course uniquely features five tee placements, ranging from 4,955 yards to 6,650 yards and allows multiple pin positions, so even average golfers can enjoy a variety of experiences.

Old South Golf Links. Designed by award-winning golf course architect Clyde Johnston, this course feature tall oak trees, tee boxes in the woods, and Scotland-inspired terrain.

Hilton Head National Golf Club. This 300-acre course was designed by famous golfer Gary Player, who sought to develop a course that was challenging for low-handicap players yet entertaining for high-handicap players. The course offers more than 6700 yards and has a slope rating of 131.

New Jaguar Land Rover Headquarters in Sharp Plaza Complex

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Jaguar Land Rover

Financial professional Geoff Block started RLB Squared, LLC in 2013 and overseas the firm’s property holdings alongside his family investments. During Geoff Block’s tenure, RLB partnered with real estate investment firm The Becker Organization to acquire Sharp Plaza, a key piece of commercial real estate in Mahwah, New Jersey. Today, the building is the site of the new Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) headquarters.

Earlier this year, the JLR group celebrated the opening of its new 144,000-square-foot North American main headquarters and training and development center. The $30 million construction project added substantial square footage as well as a product research facility. The new complex has nearly 500 workstations and 78 collaborative workspaces to accommodate 400 of JLR’s New Jersey-based employees.

The building also has a large showroom, displaying many of the car company’s latest models. The new headquarters is a reflection of JLR’s success in the North American market. Since being acquired and restructured by global holding company Tata, Land Rover sales have risen by 171 percent and Jaguar’s are up over 300 percent.

Local Chamber of Commerce Supports Tourism in the Hilton Head Area

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Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce

Since transitioning away from Wall Street in 2012, former Crown Growth Partners executive Geoff Block has relocated to Bluffton, South Carolina, where he operates holding company RLB Squared, LLC. An active member of his community, Geoff Block affiliates with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce focuses on creating an economically vibrant, business-friendly community that benefits its members and helps to improve the quality of life in the Hilton Head area. Recognizing the important role of tourism in the local economy, the chamber particularly works to maintain the area’s standing as a leading vacation destination.

Through a results-oriented approach that includes initiatives like the Visitor & Convention Bureau, the chamber has helped to bring in ample visitors, including a record 2.65 million in 2015. This success has resulted in a 46 percent increase in accommodation and hospitality tax revenue over a five-year period and a $1.1 billion impact on the local economy in 2015 alone. What’s more, Hilton Head continues to attract significant new capital investment.

Led by an 11-person executive committee and a 13-person board of directors, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce consists of 1,600 members. To learn more about the chapter, including its tourism-centered programs, please visit