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Jeffrey J. Kaplan

Executive Partner, Financial Leadership, Capital Raising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investor Relations, CFO Mentoring, Public Companies, Emerging Growth, Turnarounds

Kaplan has 30 years experience as a CFO with 23 years of those years working with public companies. During his career, Kaplan has been directly responsible for closing over $1.4 billion in transactions, including underwritten public offerings (four IPOs), PIPEs, acquisitions and bank financings. As EVP and CFO at Rare Medium Group, Kaplan completed a $186 million underwritten public offering and more than $70 million in private placement funding. Throughout his career as a CFO, Kaplan has been responsible for building and developing corporate finance and administrative staff to handle growth, and he has implemented budgeting and forecasting disciplines to manage growth. During Kaplan's tenure at Clabir Corporation, a conglomerate that owned 37 restaurants and 100 convenience stores, the company brought the popular Klondike™ ice cream bar to the national market and subsequently spun-off Klondike as a separate public company.

Kaplan also has substantial experience implementing and managing successful investor relations campaigns and coordinated securities analyst coverage for a number of public companies. Kaplan specializes in financial leadership, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations and CFO mentoring for public and emerging-growth companies as well as turnaround and workout situations.

Kaplan holds a Master’s of Business Administration with distinction from the New York University Stern School of Business, where he was elected a charter member of Beta Gamma Sigma (National Business Honor Society), and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

Selected Accomplishments

  • Directed and completed a $186 million underwritten public offering, a $70 million private placement and obtained security analyst coverage from three major investment banks as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Rare Medium Group. Successfully hired staff to manage one year growth from $30 million to $130 million in revenue.
  • Negotiated and closed a $90 million public subordinated debt issue; structured, negotiated and closed two acquisitions aggregating $74 million in purchase price and managed the creation of an international tax structure resulting in $3 million in annual savings as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Safety Components International, Inc.
  • Spun-off the Klondike™ ice cream bar subsidiary into a separate public company and built manufacturing facilities to expand production while bringing this ice cream bar to the national market as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Clabir Corporation.
  • Cut operating expenses by 45% and installed budgeting and cash management procedures as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Viewpoint Corporation.


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