Mr. Kaplan specializes in startups and corporate turnarounds. He was President and CEO of Pictometery International Corp. from 2000 to 2010. He is also the former President of Richland Industries, Inc., a retail floor covering chain; Chairman and Co-Founder of Resnick Media Associates, Inc., an advertising and marketing agency; Chairman and Co-Founder of Blanton Communications, Inc., a computer software company; President of RAK Realty Corporation, a real estate development company; Chairman and Founder of WorkSmart International, Inc., a human resource development, publishing and training company for multi-market, multinational corporations and organizations. He also served as Chairman and Founder of Maxim Group Inc., a publicly held company previously listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. Kaplan is on the boards of two startup companies: Cerebral Assessment Systems and Vnomics Corp., while also currently Vice President of the Rochester Angel Investment Network, is former Chairman of the Rochester Broadway Theatre League, Vice Chairman of the Better Business Bureau and is, or has been, active in community organizations such as Sojourner House, Rochester’s Child, the Martial Arts Center of Rochester, the Center for Governmental Research, Camp Good Days and Special Times and was former Chairman of the Monroe County division of The American Cancer Society, etc.
Mr. Kaplan is a member of the Board of Trustees of Rochester Institute of Technology and Nazareth College. He is also Chairman of the Board of Advisors at RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science and a member of the University of Rochester’s Economic Development Board and University of Rochester Medical Center Board.
Mr. Kaplan’s business success and contributions within the community have been recognized by multiple awards, including the American Cancer Society Hope Award and the prestigious Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award presented by RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business in April, 2007. Other recipients include B. Thomas Golisano, Robert Wegman, Arunas Chesonis, E. Philip Saunders,Wayne LeChase and James Hammer. Mr. Kaplan was also designated the “Business Man of the Year” in 2007.
Mr. Kaplan is the author of a book entitled “A Time for CARING,” which delineates the causes of many of the problems confronting American society in the 21st century and provides concrete solutions for the remediation of such problems.
Mr. Kaplan has an extensive background in economics, accounting, management and executive leadership. He is regularly sought out by startups, universities and other organizations for which he has done private consulting and guest lecturing on marketing, economics and organizational development.