November 4th, 2021
Gary E. Block
Gary is the Chief Investment Officer and a Partner at Meridian. Gary is responsible for acquisitions, capital activities and investor relations. He also serves as Chair of the Investment Committee. Gary led the fundraising and investing efforts of Meridian Realty Partners I and II, Meridian’s discretionary private equity funds raised in 2012 and 2016. Between these two funds, Gary has completed over $2.5 billion in investments with over $1 billion of equity in 15 transactions.
With over 30 years of industry experience, Gary represented Meridian in its first three years of investments as a partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Washington, DC. He then headed up the real estate fund’s acquisitions group as a partner at The Carlyle Group, where he led and completed over $12 billion of investments with $3.4 billion of equity in nearly 200 transactions. These included the acquisition, development, structured financing, and recapitalization of office, hotel, retail, residential, industrial, land, senior living, and mixed-use properties. He also led the firm’s efforts in the formation of Carlyle Realty Partners I, II, III, IV and V—an aggregate of over $5 billion in investor commitments—before joining The Meridian Group in November 2007.
Gary received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. Gary is on the Advisory Board for George Washington University Business School’s Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis.