Junior Leadership Program
Well-versed in business and finance, Geoffrey J. Block serves as the manager of RLB Squared, a real estate firm that oversees a portfolio of assets including residential properties, malls, assisted living facilities, and shopping centers. Throughout his career, Geoff Block has supported numerous nonprofit organizations such as the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.
The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce advocates the common interests of its community members while supporting businesses and enriching people’s lives. One of the programs and services that the Chamber facilitate is the Junior Leadership Program.
Established in 2000, the Junior Leadership Program aims to encourage high school students to become young leaders in their respective schools and communities. Open to sophomore and incoming junior students, the Junior Leadership Program includes seminars, workshops, service learning projects, and personal interaction with industry leaders. In addition to a minimum GPA of 2.5 and permission from parents and school administrator, students must also provide three personal references to qualify for the program.
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 www.hiltonheadchamber.org.