About the Founder
Mr. Kaplan has over twenty-four years’ business experience including executive management roles supporting government contracting and worthy non-profit organizations. He has particular strengths in finance, governance, development (charitable fundraising), operations and contracting; and proven success in business turnarounds, managing change, orderly situation resolution, and team building. The majority of his experience has been in maximizing stakeholder value in non-compliant and underperforming organizations by facilitating internal growth and development, assuring regulatory compliance, optimizing valuation events, and implementing staff and operational reorganizations, as well as cost-cutting measures.Mr. Kaplan is driven with a passion to support our nation’s sea services and their families. His leadership style and conduct are consistent with our Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment, as well as operating throughout all levels of an organization with integrity, accountability, initiative, and toughness. He was named an Honorary Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, MCPON Smith in May 2019 and was presented with a Distinguished Public Service Award by the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Schultz, in June 2019.
Mr. Kaplan most recently served as a full-time volunteer for two years in the role of National President and CEO of the Navy League of the United States, a non-profit organization comprised of, approximately, 40,000 civilians in more than 240 councils around the world working with a passion in support of our sea service (the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine) members and their families. Through his committed leadership, teambuilding, financial and operational turnaround expertise, the Navy League’s important mission was elevated to new heights. He is most proud of his “one team – mission-focused” mantra and the restored alignment between the organization’s mission, its members and sea services leadership, as well as completing his two-year term with the organization positioned to fulfill its mission with renewed agility, sustainability, and superiority.
Also, Mr. Kaplan founded Kaplan & Company Financial, a niche financial and operational consulting firm. The firm was founded in 2008 and provides subject matter expertise, financial and operational support services, primarily to growth-stage companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant who obtained one of the top ten scores on the Maryland CPA Board Exam. Due to the significant financial and operational turnaround requirements of the Navy League, as well as its mission-critical importance to our national security, Kaplan & Company Financial was placed on hold while Mr. Kaplan dedicated himself as a full-time volunteer as the Navy League’s National President and CEO (also over a year dual tasked as its National Executive Director.)
Mr. Kaplan’s experience includes prior part-ownership of a Navy missile defense engineering defense contractor, Director for RSM McGladrey, Inc.’s government contracting practice, one of the largest accounting and consulting firms internationally, and Grant Thornton, LLP’s government contracting and non-profit team, another major international accounting and consulting firm. He has also been in other leadership roles of various organizations.
Mr. Kaplan has served on the Board of Directors of privately held organizations and as a trusted advisor to high-level executives. In 2003, he was elected to the Board of Directors of a publicly traded company, where he served as the lead financial member and helped negotiate a successful exit transaction for the company’s majority shareholders. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Navy League of the United States and A Warriors Oasis, an organization committed to providing a peaceful place where service members with PTSD challenges can recuperate.
Mr. Kaplan graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Maryland and obtained one of the top ten scores in the Maryland May 1994, CPA Board Exam.
Mr. Kaplan is a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and is a lifetime member of the Surface Navy Association, Association of the United States Army, and the Navy League of the United States. He is also a member of the United States Naval Institute.