New York Giants Hire Pat Shurmur as Head Coach


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Pat Shurmur

The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in business from Tulane University, Geoff Block formerly served as an executive with Crown Growth Partners before he joined South Carolina’s RLB Squared, LLC, as a manager in 2013. Away from work, Geoff Block is a passionate fan of the National Football League (NFL) New York Giants.

The Giants missed the playoffs in 2017 for the fifth time in the past six seasons and finished with their lowest win total (3) since the 1983 season. The team fired head coach Ben McAdoo in December after a 2-10 start to the season and replaced him on an interim basis with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. However, in January, the Giants secured a permanent replacement for McAdoo by hiring former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Shurmur, 52, spent the past two seasons in Minnesota, and last year coached the team’s offense to a 10th-place finish in scoring (23.9 points per game) and a seventh-place finish in rushing yardage (122.3 yards per game). Shurmur has additional NFL coaching experience with the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns, serving as Browns head coach from 2011 to 2012. He also coached at the college level at Michigan State and Stanford.

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Jaguar Land Rover to Open New HQ for North American Operations

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Jaguar Land Rover

Formerly associated with Crown Growth Partners, Geoff Block now manages various investments through his RLB Squared holding company. Among the transactions Geoff Block has arranged is the new headquarters for Jaguar Land Rover, North America, in Mahwah, New Jersey.

Moving from a smaller site in Mahwah, Jaguar Land Rover will expand into an enlarged and renovated facility on Route 17 North. The old building accommodated some 250 employees; the enhanced complex, however, will provide space for about 315 staff in some 147,000 square feet. The headquarters will support the 377 Land Rover and Jaguar dealerships in the United States.

The facility’s upgraded technology will enable employees to better communicate and work with other locations around the world. New exterior finishes and signage will improve its aesthetic value.

The project won the approval of the Mahwah Township Planning Board in July 2016, and the new facility should open sometime in 2018. The township has attracted major companies such as UPS and Seiko, due partly to good rail and air connections to New York City, only 30 minutes distant.