Boston – Kaplan Construction announced that Chief Operating Officer Jane Kaplan Peck has been named a Woman of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE) by Banking New England magazine.
Following a management transition in 2014, she ushered the family business – one in which half of its employees had been with the company for multiple decades – into its second generation.
As COO and majority owner of the company, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations and ensuring Kaplan’s financial security and viability.
“Her role goes far beyond a typical COO, however, to one of motivator, early adopter, office den mother, and community devotee,” said Melissa Bullock, marketing manager at Kaplan.
Kaplan Peck is very active in her town, serving on the board of The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health. She recently co-chaired The Brookline Center’s annual gala, helping raise $373,000 for children’s mental health needs.
The FIRE sector has emerged as a keystone of the New England economy, transforming the knowledge, wealth and dreams of the world’s most ambitious visionaries into reality. As more and more women rise to the top of businesses and institutions in this sector, there is a growing need to shine a light on their achievements to inspire others.
In the five years since the transition, Kaplan Peck has certified the company as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and has successfully campaigned for Kaplan to be named a Best Place to Work by the Boston Business Journal (BBJ). In 2016, she was named a Constructech Magazine Women in Construction and an Outstanding Woman of Family Business by The Warren Group. Most recently, she was named Emerging Leader of the Year by the Associated General Contractors Massachusetts Chapter (AGC MA).
She is also a member of the board of trustees for the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance Group (SIG), and a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Boston. In her spare time, she serves as a coach and program coordinator for Brookline Youth Lacrosse where her son and daughter play.