Our Team

The R Black Global team is comprised of skilled and experienced problem solvers who have extensive experience with new construction, legally distressed assets, forced recapitalization, and sites with environmental concerns in the U.S. as well as developing countries.

Ryan Black began his career with Kriti Management, the U.S. office of the Vardinoyannis family, one of Europe’s wealthiest families. As Vice President of Kriti Management, he oversaw multiple real estate projects on behalf of the family, completed all due diligence needs for assets in the Americas, and sourced deals. In 2009, Mr. Black left Kriti to join the development team for Jumeirah’s new Polo Resort in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Jumeirah Culu Culu. Mr. Black served as Chief Operating Officer of the project.  After leaving Jumeirah in the spring of 2010, Mr. Black founded R. Black Global, a vehicle to pursue international development opportunities and provide consulting services for ultra high net worth investors.  Mr. Black is vested with a rich mix of business development, operations and project finance for billion dollar organizations. He is diversely experienced from start up to work out, turnaround and rapid growth. Mr. Black has brought to XIN Development his proven ability to identify and solve longstanding problems and create solutions that improve operational efficiency.

Ryan Cowell is a versatile professional with 20 years experience in business development and construction services.  He is a proactive leader, forward thinking and bottom line oriented.  Ryan brings with him a proven track record in valuation, acquisition, sales, marketing, design and operations.  His passion lies in team-building and participating in the full cycle of all endeavors and has found success in participating in multiple capital improvement projects.  His early years were spent as a vertical builder and property manager of both residential and commercial facilities.  These years created a strong base, instilling the importance of communication, persistence, attention to detail, and most importantly an excellent working knowledge of all phases of construction.  Over the last ten years, Ryan’s focus has shifted to acquisition, development, and financing of larger projects:  residential developments, condominium and apartment buildings, and multiple redevelopment projects.  Ryan has also worked for Genworth, ING Financial, and provided consultative service across multiple industries.  

Ryan attended The Lawrenceville School and Stetson University.  His free time is spent with his family on a soccer field, at a golf course, or offshore fishing.  

Ben Apple began his career in equity research in the US before heading overseas to China.  During this time, Mr. Apple studied Mandarin and then went on to receive an advanced degree in Economics.

Mr. Apple later took on the role of Managing Director of a business incubator in Shanghai that helped international enterprises expand their business in China. In this role, Mr. Apple worked with local and foreign companies to raise capital, form JV partnerships, develop market entry strategies, hire staff, and adapt to the local regulatory environment. Mr. Apple has diverse, international experience in Business Development and Management. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the College of Charleston and a Masters degree in Economics from Xiamen University in China.

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