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Professional Profiles


Professional Profiles: Jim Kaplan 2014


  • Title: Chief Operating Officer
  • Company: The Chasella Group LLC
  • Location: Massapequa Park, N.Y.
  • Birthplace: Somerville, N.J.

Education: Massapequa High School, University of Central Florida – B.S. Business Administration

First job outside of real estate: Digital ad agency, K2 Digital, assistant media buyer

First job in real estate or allied field: Demolition of existing shopping centers

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? Currently, I am involved in several residential development projects, including new homes ranging from $700K – $3M. My father, Steve, and I are always developing our pipeline of business at Chasella, while keeping an eye on the major commercial holdings of the portfolio at Kabro Associates, founded by my grandfather, Lawrence.

How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? I enjoy going to the park with my wonderful wife and two fantastic children. I also love driving down to the beach and walking the boardwalk. Some of my best days of work have been while strolling by myself (and my cellular device) down at Jones Beach.

Favorite book or author: Books about management, motivation and leadership.

Favorite movie: “Good Will Hunting”

Last song you purchased/downloaded? “Wasted” by Tiesto

One word to describe your work environment: Alive

Rules to live by in business: Ideas need to be cultivated. Ethics and loyalty are paramount. Honor and respect those who paved the way for your success.

If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead) who would it be and where would you go? My older brother, Glen. (deceased) Where would we go? It really wouldn’t matter as long as I could speak with him.

What is your dream job? Design and construct my own office space. Have flexibility to construct and invest as I see fit. Work alongside my father. Retain the ability to see my family as often as I wish. (mission accomplished) This is how I would describe The Chasella Group.