Senior Managing Partner
As Senior Managing Partner of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, Tom Kaplan has worked alongside master chef Wolfgang Puck for 32 years in the development and operation of his world-renowned restaurants. His responsibilities range from overall business management, company expansion and design supervision, to marketing and philanthropy for the company’s 23 domestic and international locations.
Since 1982 Wolfgang and Kaplan have grown the company from several individual restaurants into a collection of restaurants known as the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. Brands include Spago, CUT, Postrio, Lupo, WP24, Five Sixty, Source, Chinois, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Wolfgang Puck Steak and Wolfgang Puck American Grille. Over the years Kaplan has nurtured key strategic partnerships with luxury hotel brands and major casinos such as the Four Seasons, Dorchester Collection, Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts International, and Ritz-Carlton. Eight new restaurants are in development in Europe, Asia and the Middle East as well as two in the United States all of which will open by the end of 2015.
Raised in Stamford, Connecticut, Kaplan relocated to Los Angeles in 1980 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Bowdoin College that same year with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Visual Arts and a coordinate major in Environmental Studies.
Kaplan is intimately involved in community service and philanthropy. He is a member of the prestigious Brookings Institute Metropolitan Leadership Council and is a Board Director for the Council for a Better Nevada, the Las Vegas Animal Foundation, the Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Art Museum as well as a member of the UNLV Foundation Advisory Board. He is also the Co-Chairman of the newly formed The Nevada Board.
He was named Nevada Restaurateur of the Year by the Las Vegas International Hotel & Restaurant Show in 2005 and one of the “50 Most Influential” in Nevada by In Business in 2008. In 2003 he was in the first induction group of the Las Vegas Dozen which honors men in the Vegas Valley for their roles in business and community involvement. In 2011, Kaplan was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by Greenspun Media Group’s publication Vegas Inc.
To compete with the rigors of the hospitality world, Kaplan enjoys running, cycling, skiing, and hiking. His passions include architecture, art, music, and travel all shared with his wife, Elizabeth and son, Austin.
"The ultimate restaurant experience is best achieved by three pillars: extraordinary cuisine, exceptional service and cutting–edge design. We continually seek new ways to elevate the standards of fine dining through innovation, creativity and development of key partnerships with groups such as The Four Seasons and The Ritz–Carlton who display the same unparalleled passion, professionalism and commitment for which our group is recognized." - Tom Kaplan