Dealerscope 40 Under 40 Profiles: Kaplan, Kelley, Kissinger, Knock, Krissman, Lau, Longreen, Lucash
Seth Kaplan, 39, Principal, LK & Associates Inc. and LK Stockroom, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Background: Kaplan grew up in Miami but lives now in Coconut Grove, Fla.
Higher education: Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa.
Career: Kaplan has been in the industry for 19 years. His role at LK&A positions him as representative of his company’s distribution arm to manufacturers, handling management and sales operations while establishing, managing and cultivating relationships with dealers and manufacturers.
Industry accomplishments: “I am a second generation manufacturer’s rep. My proudest accomplishment is taking the legacy and company my father started and adapting our business strategy and the lines that we represent, to remain a top manufacturer’s rep for over 26 years in the Florida market.”
Awards: Epson Rep of the Year. Residential Systems Young Turks.
What you like best about your job: “The relationships I’ve formed with the dealers and manufacturers I work with.”
What you like least: “The behind-the-scenes politics that leads to reps losing lines when it is not related to lack of production.”
Favorite pastime: “Anything to do with sports.”
Last book read: “A Storm of Swords”
Favorite movie: “Gladiator”
Best concert: Dave Matthews Band
Favorite CE product of the year: Vutec Theater Art System Multi-Vu
If you could be anyplace else right now, it would be: “Maui, with my wife and son, relaxing.”
John T. Kelley, 32, Director, International Programs, CEA