The recipient of a bachelor’s in business from Tulane University, Geoff Block leverages more than 20 years of financial leadership experience to guide the day-to-day operations of the holding company RLB Squared. In addition, Geoff Block supports South Carolina families through the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, which maintains nearly 50 scholarship funds to benefit students pursuing postsecondary education opportunities.
One of the most prominent of these funds is the Jim and Marge Krum Scholarship Foundation. Originally known as the James L. Krum Memorial Scholarship with the Community Foundation, it was established in 2003 by Marge Krum and renamed following her death. The foundation is funded by proceeds from the family’s private foundation.
The Krum Scholarship is the largest in the region and, to date, has awarded in excess of $2 million to 95 Bluffton and Hilton Head Island high school seniors. Recipients are eligible to receive upward of $10,000 per year while pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. In order to receive the scholarship, applicants must possess strong leadership skills, serve their community in some capacity, and have at least a 3.2 GPA.
Other scholarships established through the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry include the James O. Thomason Scholarship, the VanLandingham Rotary Club Scholarship, and the Joan and Wade Webster Scholarship.
A former Wall Street executive with experience working for companies such as Crown Growth Partners, Geoff Block guides RLB Squared, LLC, in South Carolina. To prepare for his career, Geoff Block earned a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, and he supports his alma mater through donations to the university’s business school.
Consistently ranked in the top 1 percent of business schools by the Thomson Scientific Essential Science Indicators index, the Tulane University Freeman School of Business has been training American and international business leaders since its founding in 1914. Over the past century, the school has expanded its offerings to include a range of specialized programs that includes executive MBA training.
Reserved for managers and executives with at least seven years of business experience, the Tulane Executive MBA program is conducted on alternate weekends over the course of 18 months. The program features a broad curriculum drawing topics from fields such as marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, and more, and it offers a range of concentrations that allows participants to customize their educational experience.
In addition to classes on campus, the Executive MBA program offers opportunity for international travel to gain a global business perspective. To learn more about the Tulane program, please visit freeman.tulane.edu.
The founder of the real estate investment firm RLB Squared, Geoff Block is a former Wall Street executive with a resume that includes past experience providing strategic guidance to Crown Growth Partners. Prior to his work in finance and investments, Geoff Block attended the Tulane University Freeman School of Business, an institute that he remains involved with as an alumni donor to this day.
Tulane University alumni have the opportunity to serve as mentors to the next generation of college graduates. Tulane’s mentoring program aims to connect current and former students organically to establish mutually beneficial relationships that aid in career development and exploration. For current students and young alumni, this program is a chance to gain valuable insight from experienced professionals and make useful connections that help advance their careers. For mentors, the program serves as a platform for the development of business coaching and leadership skills, and as a way to give back to their alma mater.
Alumni can participate in Tulane’s Mentor Program in one of two ways. The first is to register one’s LinkedIn or Facebook account through http://www.tulaneconnect.com, which automatically populates a professional profile for the user. Prospective mentors should select the “Willing to be a Mentor” option when they register to signify to other Tulane Connect members that they are willing to act as a coach to others within the system.
The other option for becoming a mentor is registering through the university’s private alumni network myTulaneNetwork, which is comprised entirely of graduates. Signing up through this service allows all alumni to indicate whether they would like to become a mentor or a mentee.
Through both mentoring platforms, members are able to message each other freely about mentorship opportunities to determine when a professional connection seems to be a good fit.
Foundation of the Lowcountry
A former Crown Growth Partners employee and Wall Street professional, Geoff Block manages operations at the Bluffton, South Carolina-based property firm RLB Squared. Outside of the professional arena, Geoff Block supports a range of philanthropic initiatives including the Lowcountry Strong Foundation of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.
Located on South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island, the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is a tax-exempt non-profit organization that seeks to assist Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper County families according to their individual needs. Its grant-making initiatives help to foster economic prosperity and build create vibrant neighborhoods.
The Community Foundation also helps local young people reach their academic and professional goals through its online scholarship directory. It established this directory in 2001 as a hardcopy print directory as a courtesy for fellow scholarship providers and a resource for regional students. The Community Foundation moved the directory online four years later and has expanded exponentially ever since.
The directory currently features summaries of more than 50 scholarships. These scholarships are administered by the Community Foundation as well as outside sources including various governmental and military programs.