Boston – Kaplan Construction announced that its COO, Jane Kaplan Peck, has been named an Outstanding Woman of Family Business by The Warren Group editorial board. Fourteen honorees were recognized on June 8 at the New England Family Business Conference at the historic Omni Parker House in Boston.
“It is a pleasure to recognize and honor the hard work and dedication of this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Women of Family Business Award,” said Timothy M. Warren Jr., CEO of The Warren Group.
Jane Kaplan Peck joined Leggat McCall Properties as a project assistant/analyst before becoming an assistant project manager at Shawmut Design and Construction. She joined Kaplan Construction in 2006 as an assistant project manager and worked her way up to project manager before transitioning to the role of finance and administrative manager.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Kaplan Construction was founded by Peck’s parents Ken and Cathy Kaplan. In September 2014, the firm announced the culmination of a three-year management transition. Nathan Peck was promoted to president and Jane Peck was appointed COO. Ken and Cathy Kaplan took on new roles as chairman of the board and senior advisor, respectively.
As COO and majority owner of Kaplan Construction, Jane Peck is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations, ensuring Kaplan’s financial security and viability. In this role, she oversees business financial planning, working capital management and budget development for the company. She controls all financial activities, which include maintaining banking, brokerage, and surety relationships and managing the information systems for both accounting and project management. Since the transition, Kaplan Construction has been named by the Boston Business Journal as a Best Place to Work for two years in a row and business has grown by 30%.
In October 2014 Peck spearheaded the effort to be certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. “My vision for Kaplan Construction as a Women Business Enterprise is twofold: to continue to service our clients in the personal and professional manner we have in the past, and to participate in new opportunities with potential clients who are seeking to meet their own diversity objectives,” she said . “I plan to utilize our core principles and build on Kaplan’s 40 years of excellence as we widen our base of satisfied clients.”
In addition to running Kaplan, she is actively involved in the Brookline community where she lives and works. She is a member of the board for the Brookline Community Health Center where she sits on their finance committee and was the co-chair of this year’s Believe in Brookline Kids gala.
She is a member of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) and is on the Board of Trustees for its Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance Group (SIG). She is also a member of CREW Boston.
The Outstanding Woman of Family Business is an annual award that honors the achievements, commitment and dedication of female family business professionals who demonstrate outstanding leadership and commitment, both within their businesses and in the communities they serve.