Local Men: Kevin Kaplan

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Kevin-KaplanVice President of Sales and Account Management at Physicians Health Plan

Balancing Work and Memory Making

Photo by Erika Hodges

Those in the workforce who have children know how difficult it is to balance a successful career and a successful family life, especially when you aren’t at the top of the food chain. Having a boss who emphasizes the importance of family life can be difficult to find.

Kevin Kaplan, vice president of sales and account management at Physicians Health Plan (PHP) is one of those rare finds.

“Whatever you do as a leader, even if it’s unspoken, it shows them what you expect,” said Kaplan.

Originally from Wisconsin, Kaplan’s career in the Lansing area began at the Small Business Association of Michigan, and after that moving on to work for Grotenhuis and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce before he came to PHP.

“Kevin is a great boss,” said Connie Scarpone, marketing manager at PHP. “We’ve had a number of bosses and I would have to say that Kevin is one of our best ones.”

Scarpone reiterated that one of the characteristics that makes Kaplan a good boss is his flexibility when it comes to a family-work balance.

“You wouldn’t miss an important meeting, you just prioritize,” said Kaplan. “It’s just taking the time to do it and making it a priority.”

Aside from his responsibilities at PHP, Kaplan coaches his seven-year-old son Noah and his nine-year-old daughter Ginna’s softball team; although he does admit to not wanting to instruct Ginna’s dance classes.

“My ballet skills would not be helpful,” joked Kaplan. Despite his lack of dance skills, one of his “most important meetings of the year” is the daddy-daughter dance.

“I wouldn’t miss that for anything,” said Kaplan.


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Megan Martin

Megan Martin is a Communications Specialist at M3 group and a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids. She is a foodie, a lover of art and tea and everything outdoorsy.