Michael’s professional career spans three continents, five languages, and leadership positions in both private and public sectors.
Based in Arlington, VA, and Taipei, Taiwan, Mr. Kaplan is the founder and CEO of Taivaco LLC, where he is responsible for the company’s management and growth.
Formerly, Michael was the Director of Marketing at Sanyo, where his clients included Sony, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Panasonic, Bose and Nissan. In Taipei, Mr. Kaplan was the Director of Business Development for ICON, Taiwan’s preeminent branding and licensing firm, where his clients included 3M, Nokia, KFC, Pfizer, Fendi, LG, and KnightWorks, a Tim Burton Award Winner.
By mayoral appointment, Mr. Kaplan served on the San Francisco Bay Waterfront Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Redlands, and completed graduate programs at George Mason University in Virginia and Chinese Culture University in Taipei.