Melvin J. Kaplan Biography

Melvin J. Kaplan

Biography

A real estate investor since 1960, Melvin J. Kaplan is Chief Executive Officer of Wellington Financial Group, an entity which invests in commercial real estate nationally.

In 1987 Mel and his wife founded The Harry Singer Foundation, a nonprofit educational operating foundation dedicated to youth development.  He serves on its Board of Directors and advises various other 501(c)(3) foundations. Mel also serves on the Advisory Board of Aspire Public Schools, a public charter school organization that currently serves a total of over 13,500 students in grades K-12 at 36 locations in California and Memphis Tennessee.

Born and raised in Boston, Mel is an alumnus of MIT and the University of California-Berkeley where he lectured at the School of Business Administration.  His specialty continues to be problem-solving and entrepreneurship. With his wife of fifty-three years, he successfully raised five philanthropic and entrepreneurial sons.  His biography has appeared in Marquis’ Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who in the World.

BUSINESS ACTIVITY

Over the past 53 years, Mel has been active in the real estate industry as a syndicator, mortgage banker, developer, property manager, advisor, investment banker and principal. He has been involved in one or more of these capacities with many individuals, companies, and institutions.  The following are samples:

Bank of America Securities LLC, Charlotte, North Carolina

Black Equities, Los Angeles, California

Health Care Services, Inc., Chicago, Illinois

Capital Lease Funding, LP, New York, New York

Citibank, New York, New York

City National Bank, San Francisco, California

Corporate Realty Investment Company, Boston, Massachusetts

David D. Bohannon Organization, San Mateo, California

Deblar Capital, Inc., Napa, California

Deutsch Bank of North America, Montreal, Canada

Equitable Real Estate, Vancouver, British Columbia

General Electric Information Services, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Leo B. Helzel Interests, Oakland, California

Milton Gottlieb Trust, Los Angeles, California

Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy LLP, San Francisco, California

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, LP, Dallas, Texas

IBM Corporation, New York, New York

Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc., New York, New York

Jupiter Realty Corporation, Chicago, Illinois

Leasehold Developers, St. Louis, Missouri

Legacy Partners Commercial Inc., Irvine, California

Pacific Companies, Phoenix, Arizona

Related Companies, LP, New York, New York

Salomon Smith Barney, Inc., New York, New York

Sugarland Properties, Inc., Sugar Land, Texas

Swig Investment Company, San Francisco, California

Saul M. Weingarten Interests, Carmel, California

Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco, California

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