Geoffrey “Geoff” Block has spent nearly 7 years as the manager of RLB Squared, LLC, a holding company located in Bluffton, South Carolina. In this position he manages employees and all daily operations at the company. Away from work, Geoff J. Block is an avid sports fan. He volunteers as a local coach and instructor in various sports, and enjoys supporting New York City sports teams, including the Knicks and Yankees.
The New York Yankees are, by many metrics, the most accomplished professional sports team in North America, with 27 World Series titles over the course of nearly 117 seasons. The team’s championship success has come in several distinct eras. Following 22 title-less years and consecutive World Series defeats, the Yankees, led by Babe Ruth, captured the first of 27 titles with a 4-2 series win over their crosstown rival Giants in 1923. The Yankees appeared in three of the following five World Series, winning sweeps in 1927 and 1928.
After a third sweep in 1932, the franchise’s first run of dominance began in 1936. Beginning with a 4-2 series victory against the Giants, the Yankees won four consecutive championships, and a total of six out of eight. After a brief “lull” saw the team win just one title in five seasons, New York appeared in 14 of 16 championship series from 1949 through 1964, winning nine, for a total of 20.
Despite the high standards set by the franchise, the Yankees have managed a number of strong runs since their dynasty days. The team won back-to-back titles in 1977 and 1978, following a loss to the Cincinnati Reds in 1976. More recently, the Yankees enjoyed four titles out of six World Series appearances between 1996 and 2003, including three in a row from 1998 to 2000. The 27th and most recent New York Yankees World Series championship came with a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009.
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.
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
A successful real estate developer, Geoff Block holds a degree in business from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Geoff Block serves as the manager of South Carolina-based RLB Squared, where he leads the staff and manages the daily real estate development operations of the company. Mr. Block also devotes his time and energy to philanthropic work and nonprofit organizations such as the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce.
Founded over six decades ago, the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce works to make Hilton Head’s economy attractive to businesses while also promoting tourism. The Chamber represents more than 1,600 members who benefit from a range of membership perks and programs. The organization also hosts several events such as the Chamber Ball, Restaurant Week, and the annual Golf Classic.
Each year, the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce’s Golf Classic takes place locally at an exclusive private course. Leading business professionals and executives attend the event, offering a unique opportunity for novice holders and professional golfers to engage in a tournament while enjoying the beautiful course. Each golfer receives a complimentary lunch in addition to drinks and a catered food during the awards reception.
Most recently, the event was held at Sea Pines Resort at the Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III course. For additional information about the event, visit www.hiltonheadchamber.org.