Tom Kaplan has been a nationally-recognized and respected name in the food and beverage and hospitality industries for more than 37 years. As Senior Managing Partner of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group (WPFDG), Kaplan works alongside the renowned chef, as a trusted partner and company thought-leader. Throughout his tenure with WPFDG, Kaplan has nurtured key strategic partnerships with major casino resorts and luxury hotel brands such as Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts International, the Four Seasons, Dorchester Collection, Rosewood, Ritz Carlton, Pendry, SBE, and St. Regis, leading the company to extraordinary growth.
Together, Kaplan and Puck have expanded the company and taken it from several individual restaurants to becoming one of the preeminent restaurant groups in the world, boasting an impressive collection of 27 domestic and international dining establishments. Day-to-day, Kaplan is directly responsible for overseeing business management and strategic development, as well as playing an instrumental role in the supervision of design, construction, philanthropy and social responsibility for the company.
Intimately involved and passionate about community service, with a special focus on public policy, the arts, and the environment, Kaplan is a dedicated philanthropist and currently holds, or has held, numerous leadership positions on a variety of boards and councils.
He currently serves on the Brookings Institution Board of Trustees and is a member of their Metropolitan Leadership Council and Advisory Circle, working closely with Brookings Mountain West at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is a Trustee of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Foundation Board. He serves as a Board Director of the Council for a Better Nevada and the Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas. He is a member of the Grassroots Network Committee for the Conservation Lands Foundation. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Nevada Museum of Art and is a member of its Architectural Search and Selection Committee. He is an Emeritus Board member of the Animal Foundation, served as Vice President of the Puck Lazaroff Charitable Foundation benefitting the Los Angeles chapters of Meals on Wheels for more than 25 years and was a member of the City of Las Vegas Energy Advisory Committee. Kaplan also served on the Board of Directors for the Marshall Retail Group from 2006 – 2015.
Kaplan was named Nevada Restaurateur of the Year by the Las Vegas International Hotel & Restaurant Show in 2005 and one of the “50 Most Influential” in Nevada by In Business in 2008. In 2003, he was in the first induction group of the Las Vegas Dozen which honors men in the Vegas valley for their role in business and community involvement. In 2011, Kaplan was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by Greenspun Media Group’s publication Vegas Inc.
Raised in Stamford, Connecticut and New York City, Kaplan relocated to Los Angeles in 1980 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Bowdoin College that same year with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Visual Arts and a coordinate major in Environmental Studies. He has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1992.
To compete with the rigors of the hospitality world, Kaplan enjoys hiking, running, cycling, and skiing. His passions include architecture, art, music, travel as well supporting the new NHL Vegas Golden Knights hockey team all shared with his wife, Liz and son, Austin.