CEO and Chairman of the Board
Randall Kaplan, 55, is the lead investor, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Listingbook. In his role, Kaplan takes the lead in setting corporate strategy, overall management of the company, and working with Listingbook's stakeholders.
Kaplan is an entrepreneur with a strong commitment to family and community and serves on the boards of many local, state and national non-profit organizations. In addition to serving as the CEO of Listingbook since August 2007, Kaplan has invested in other startups and investment opportunities through his private investment company, Capsule Group, LLC. Kaplan is currently the managing partner of the Elm Street Center, LLC; and was the founding chairman of SterlingSouth Bank, which successfully merged with Bank of North Carolina. In the non-profit community, Kaplan is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Chairman of the Board of Governors of of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, and sits on many other local, state and national non-profit boards.
From the mid-1980s to 2000, Kaplan was the president and an owner of Kay Chemical Company, the leading manufacturer of cleaning and sanitation products for the fast food industry worldwide. Kaplan sold the company to Ecolab in the mid-1990s. Kaplan remained with Kay and served on Ecolab's senior management team until stepping down at the beginning of 2000. Earlier in his career, Kaplan worked as a corporate tax and banking attorney for Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Kaplan worked as a judicial clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals (11th Circuit) in Georgia.
A North Carolina native, Kaplan graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in economics and political science. He received his law degree with honors from the University of Michigan in 1981, having served on the senior editorial staff of the Michigan Law Review.