Jaguar Land Rover
Geoff Block leverages experience he gained at Crown Growth Partners on Wall Street to manage day-to-day operations of RLB Squared, LLC, an investment company with a large portfolio including hedge funds and real estate ventures. Geoff Block partnered with The Becker Organization to develop the former Sharp Plaza, which has been leased by Jaguar Land Rover for its North American headquarters.
Located on 13.9 acres in Mahwah, New Jersey, the plaza includes a 147,077-square-foot office building where Jaguar Land Rover began renovation and expansion efforts in 2016.
Completed in March of this year, the existing building underwent a complete interior renovation that focused on improving technology and incorporating collaborative workspaces. The existing structure was expanded to provide a 30,000-square-foot space that houses product research, training activities, and other technical activities. The façade of the structure received a facelift as well. Jaguar Land Rover’s new North American headquarters is able to accommodate 315 employees.
Commercial Real Estate
Geoff Block held an executive role with Crown Growth Partners before he and his wife opened the firm RLB Squared, LLC. As manager, Geoff Block is responsible for the daily operations of a company that manages family portfolios and has holdings spanning a variety of areas, including commercial real estate.
To a great extent, commercial real estate markets differ from all other markets because of several factors. One is location. Although it is easy to find a good location, predicting whether choosing a location remains a profitable decision several years from now may be challenging. Considerations for choosing a location include accessibility, transportation connectivity, and distance from clients, customers, and suppliers.
Another factor that affects the commercial real estate market is budget. Aside from the purchase price, there are other cost considerations when buying a commercial real estate property. So whether a client decides to pay in cash or opts to use financing, creating an accurate budget is essential to determining the range and accuracy when searching for available options.
Appraisal also makes the real estate market different from other markets. Most buyers purchase their properties using mortgages, and lenders will not generally lend money for more than the property’s appraised value. An office or any building is considered to be worth the price the appraiser sets. As much as 11 percent of real estate deals are killed by appraisal issues.
With an extensive Wall Street background, Geoff Block guided investment-focused Crown Growth Partners. He is presently based in Bluffton, South Carolina, and directs a full range of activities with RLB Squared, including employee management and operations. Community focused, Geoff Block supports the Tulane University business school and athletics programs and volunteers as a football and wresting coach, as well as a golf instructor.
Despite its reputation as a sport that is easy on the body, golf involves focused physical exertion and can pose the danger of sprains and strains off the tee. One of the most critical aspects of staying injury-free is warming up properly. This begins with stretching the upper back and neck muscles through head rolls that involve dropping the chin to the chest and moving the head back and forth in slow half circles.
To stretch the torso, employ side bends, with the hand sliding down the upper leg and providing support as the bend deepens. Opening up the shoulders can best be accomplished through holding the golf club out horizontally. With the hands at the same width as the shoulders on the shaft, gradually raise the arms overhead and hold the stretch at the top before lowering and repeating. Next, reverse the same motion with the club held behind the back. As a final exercise, practice a swinging motion for a couple of minutes, starting with small half swings of the club followed by a series of full swings.
A graduate of Tulane University, Geoff Block formerly served as an executive with Wall Street’s Crown Growth Partners before founding the South Carolina-based investment firm RLB Squared LLC in 2013. When not working, Geoff Block enjoys following his favorite National Football League (NFL) team, the New York Giants.
The Giants overhauled its defensive backfield earlier this year by signing Michael Thomas, Curtis Riley, Teddy Williams, and B.W. Webb. In April, the team added durable cornerback William Gay to that list. A 5-foot-10, 183-pound native of Tallahassee, Florida, Gay played college football for the University of Louisville before being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Since debuting the following season, the 33-year-old has played in 176 games in 11 seasons and compiled 573 tackles, 13 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, and seven quarterback sacks.
Gay spent all but one of those 11 seasons with the Steelers. During the 2012 season, he played for the Arizona Cardinals and recorded a career-high three forced fumbles. The former Super Bowl champion played primarily as a backup last season, but still managed two forced fumbles and an interception.