We share our wealth
of experience to
create sustainable
lifestyles and partnerships.
» Morris Kaplan | Chairman/CEO
morrisMorris Kaplan grew up in the residential real estate business. Following in his father’s footsteps, Morris became a partner and then President of Kaplan Companies in 1975. Together with his brother Michael, the two guided the Company to become one of the largest real estate developers in New Jersey.

During his tenure at Kaplan Companies, the Company developed residential and commercial real estate valuing more than $1.5 billion. In addition Morris expanded the Company with three additional divisions:
  • Kaplan Building Systems: a modular manufacturing company that supplied pre-finished modular homes in the Northeast as well as modular commercial buildings for companies such as Marriott.
  • Kaplan Urban Redevelopment Group: focusing on urban infill projects in New Jersey, New York City and Atlanta.
  • Kaplan Commercial Group: the general contracting group for Kaplan Company projects as well as fee-based construction management for third parties.
Morris’ expertise lies in financial oversight, management of design projects, and supervising construction. He holds a BSCE from Rutgers University and was the president of his Civil Engineering Class. Mr. Kaplan has been actively involved with the Central Jersey Building Association and was the Chairman of the Political Action Committee for the New Jersey Builders Association. Morris was also a board member of the start-up de Nova Community Bank in New Jersey.
» Kevin Watson | CFO/VP of Operations
kevinKevin joined Kaplan Residential in 2006 and is responsible for coordinating all financial matters including reporting, tax filings, audits, lender relations, and oversight of JV partnerships while also playing an integral role in acquisitions, development planning, and day to day operations.

Prior to joining Kaplan Residential Kevin was the CFO and Managing Broker for an Atlanta based homebuilder constructing single family homes and townhomes in which Kevin’s financial leadership was a catalyst for building the company from start-up to 80 million in revenues over a four year period. Kevin spent eight years as Controller and Managing Broker for the Atlanta division of Highland Homes. Highland Homes ranks as the 21st largest homebuilder in the U.S. In total, Kevin played a lead role in the land development, construction, and sales of over 4,500 single family homes and townhomes in the Atlanta area and over 500 condominium units, single family homes throughout the state of Florida. Kevin was responsible for the onsite construction management and sales for two student condominium conversions at Florida State University.

He began his career as an acquisition analyst for a Bethesda, MD based investment firm which syndicated over 100 multi-family properties, shopping centers, office buildings, and hotels. He holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA with a concentration in real estate development from Nova Southeastern University. Kevin is a licensed Florida Real Estate Broker and Licensed Florida Certified Building Contractor, as well as a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and the Urban Land Institute.
» John M. Balchus | VP of Development
jackJack brings more than 35 years of senior management experience in real estate development and construction. Throughout his career he has worked with acquisition, design and construction teams involved in the development of more than one-million square feet of office and industrial space, as well as 20,000 residential units ranging from single family to townhomes, apartments and condominium. In addition he has helped develop retail shopping centers, hotels, historic renovations, and senior housing communities. Jack has also worked with municipal and civic organizations on the design and construction of specialty work force housing and housing for families in distress, an experience he found particularly rewarding.

In addition to his work with Kaplan Residential, Jack has overseen development for: Cosmopolitan Condominiums, Atlanta, GA; Park Row Townhomes, Atlanta, GA; 930 NoMo, a student housing property in Charleston, SC; Carlton Club, Palm Beach, FL; Victoria Park, a townhome community, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Inland Ryerson Building Systems, a division of Inland Steel; Sun Trust Bank; Oxford Construction Services, Orlando, FL; and CED construction, a large national developer of apartment and senior housing communities throughout the Southeast.
» Nathan Kaplan | Development Associate
nathanNathan joined Kaplan Residential in 2011 and is responsible for Business Development, Asset Management, and Development Analysis while also playing a key role in helping to form company strategy and vision.

Shortly after Nathan received his Finance and Real Estate degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, he joined his father to create Kaplan Residential. Being raised in a real estate focused family, he recognized an incredible opportunity to grow in the industry and learn firsthand from a true real estate visionary, Morris Kaplan.

Nathan’s interest in business began while at University where he was involved in various ventures including the creation of a web-based leasing platform, as well as small investments with fellow Business School students, as well as his activity in the University’s Business Club. Upon graduation, Nathan joined a real estate fund in Miami focused on Class-A multifamily acquisitions. However, his passion lied in his family’s business and Nathan became instrumental in the formation of Kaplan Residential.