As seen in Best Bosses | GlobeSt.com:
Under president Mark Kaplan’s leadership, RIPCO Real Estate’s market presence has increased from three offices to eight offices with locations in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Long Island and Connecticut, and in 2021, the firm expanded to Florida as well. Kaplan brings 17 years of industry experience to his role at RIPCO Real Estate.
Kaplan has helped grow the firm’s brokerage team from 33 professionals in 2017 to more than 100 brokers, and he launched additional service lines including investment sales, property management, debt/equity and structured finance divisions. Kaplan also led the company through its first-ever merger and acquisition deal with its recent acquisition of BCD, a premier restaurant real estate brokerage.
Employees describe Kaplan’s communication and management style as open and approachable. He is an active and thoughtful listener. “Mark is always positive even in the face of adversity and is always finding relatable commonalities with employees to build trust,” states one employee. “Mark is the first one to listen with an open mind. He is also willing to change course and reverse a decision when met with meaningful and thoughtful opposition.”
Each year, Kaplan participates in the Sleep Out with the Covenant House where he sleeps outside and raises money to help New Yorkers in need of housing.