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About the Founders


Kenneth Beck

Kenneth is the Chief Executive Officer of CEO Connection. A lifelong entrepreneur, he has launched and run several successful businesses throughout his career. In addition to running CEO Connection, he also operates Beck Enterprises as a conduit for his other ventures, including Member Services, and RJ Real Estate. Kenneth previously served as CEO of Beck Office Furniture, which he built into the largest retail office furniture chain in New York before selling the enterprise in May 2004. As President of the Wharton Club of New York, he transformed the organization from an events-driven group to an active association with more than 250 volunteers serving over 30,000 alumni, all committed to fostering the personal and professional growth of Wharton alumni. Kenneth holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He currently serves on several boards, including UPSFCU and the Penn Club.



Steve Feld

Prior to joining Solebury School, Steve served as CFO at two small liberal arts colleges after working for a decade at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business Executive Education program. Prior to the University of Maryland, Steve was a member of the Higher Education Management department faculty at Penn’s Graduate School of Education and a Dean in Penn’s College House program. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an EdD in Higher Education Management from Penn’s Graduate School of Education. In addition to serving on the PAISBOA board and PAISBIG, Steve is on the board of the Student Federal Credit Union at the University of Pennsylvania.



Robert A. Kaplan

Robert A. Kaplan has more than 20 years experience financing, developing, marketing and operating real estate, with a particular focus on housing and mixed-use properties that contain a commercial component. Mr. Kaplan has participated in the development of more than 4,500 residential units, and his expertise spans both rental apartments – market rate, government-assisted, and mixed income – as well as for-sale luxury condominiums. His product portfolio is similarly broad, and includes everything from walk-up apartments to renovated lofts to luxury high-rise rentals. Prior to founding Ansonia Properties in 2002, Mr. Kaplan was a founding principal of Everest Partners, where he was responsible for all facets of the acquisition, financing, operation and marketing of projects undertaken by the firm. Mr. Kaplan received a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Public Policy, both from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Tufts University.