Gary Kaplan & Associates

Gary Kaplan, founder and president of Gary Kaplan & Associates, an executive recruiting firm serving a nationwide clientele, knows every side of the desk in a business that demands a multiplicity of skills for success. He honed these skills over 35 years dedicated to his profession and embracing such divergent fields as entertainment, natural resources, higher education, and non-profits. His expertise in senior-level placement has led to repeated success in filling the recruitment needs of clients ranging from private companies to multi-billion dollar corporations.
A strong belief in relationships ensures that, first and foremost, his firm remains client-centered. Gary Kaplan & Associates is a strong reflection of his own intensity and the belief that the most effective form of business development is timely and successful execution of search engagements. It is this dedication to the best interests of his clients and commitment to the ultimate in customer service that not only adds value to each assignment, but also yields an exceptionally high level of repeat business and referrals.
To fully realize the depth of experience that Mr. Kaplan has acquired in the recruitment field, one need only to look at his professional track record. Prior to founding his own firm, he served as managing vice president and partner with Korn/Ferry International where he pioneered the firm's highly successful, specialized entertainment division. His broad career encompasses human resources management positions with Bell Laboratories (now Lucent Technologies), Unisys, Booz Allen & Hamilton, American Can Company, IU International and Crocker Bank. This wealth of experience and knowledge naturally culminated in the establishment of his own executive search firm, Gary Kaplan & Associates which, since 1984, has successfully filled hundreds of management positions.
Mr. Kaplan has delivered numerous speeches, participated in panel discussions and workshops, and been published in such well-known publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Los Angeles Business Journal, Computerworld, Fund Raising Management, Personnel Journal, The Pasadena Star News, and Radio & Records for which he was the principal management columnist for one year. Throughout his career, he has been featured in numerous articles for nationally recognized publications including the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Human Resource Executive, and National Business Employment Weekly. He has shared his employment expertise on a number of television programs which include the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and various programs on the Financial News Network, PBS, and the Nippon Network in Japan.
Supporting a number of causes dear to his heart, Mr. Kaplan presently serves as Vice Chairman on the Board of Trustees of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurse Association of Los Angeles, Partners in Care Foundation, Home Pharmacy of California, The Wellness Community-National, the Penn State Alumni Council, The Pennsylvania State University Liberal Arts Alumni Society, and the California Executive Recruiters Association.
During his three-year tour of duty in the Adjutant General's Corps, United States Army, Mr. Kaplan rose to the rank of Captain. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, he is proud to have been recognized in 1998 as an Alumni Fellow, the highest award bestowed by the university's Alumni Association. In 2001 he was also the recipient of the Service to Penn State Award, presented by the College of the Liberal Arts.