OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Comprehensive wealth planning strategies for your life and legacy
Comprehensive wealth planning strategies for your life and legacy
The individuals and families we serve are an exceptional group of people. Some are professionals in the medical and energy industries seeking tax-efficient ways to consolidate their various investment portfolios. Others are pre-retirees looking for guidance on how to skillfully roll over their retirement plan assets and meet their long-term healthcare needs. Still others are business owners analyzing creative solutions to protect their wealth in the wake of a major liquidity event. Essentially, all have accumulated significant assets, but need help in developing a plan to effectively preserve, enhance, and ultimately transfer their wealth.
Financial Strategies for Life
We seek to work as your family’s “chief financial officer,” we focus on helping you articulate your needs and aspirations as we review all aspects of your financial life. We then help you build a comprehensive plan that is carefully structured to help you navigate today’s fast-paced markets, seeking to ensure your assets are available when needed – no matter how long you live.
We seek to combine the vast resources of a major global firm with the personalized service you’d expect from a small investment firm. You may benefit from our access to specialized research, and sophisticated financial planning tools. We seek not to overwhelm you with technical jargon or complicated algorithms. In fact, we believe our style is quite approachable. We make it easy for you to ask questions to fully understand the details of our wealth management strategies and solutions.
Earning Your Trust
As seasoned wealth management professionals, we are committed to helping you grow and preserve your assets. We will work tirelessly to provide you with timely, unbiased advice to earn your trust every day, and make a difference in your life.
Michael K. Kaplan
With more than 24 years of experience in the financial services industry, Michael has dedicated his entire career to gaining a deep knowledge and global perspective of the financial markets, so that he may educate his clients about their portfolios and help them develop holistic financial plans. He is committed to long-term relationships and strives to deliver objective advice through exceptional “high touch” client service. He listens carefully to clients’ goals, values and concerns and works tirelessly to help them achieve their personal and financial objectives.
After attending the University of Houston, Michael joined Morgan Stanley in 1992 as a Financial Advisor. In 2011, he was recognized as a Portfolio Manager and earned the firm’s accreditation for discretionary Portfolio Management. This is an important benefit for clients, as it can help avoid delays in making timely financial management decisions.
Michael is keenly focused on helping his clients maintain the discipline necessary to navigate today’s challenging markets. For his focus and dedication, Michael was named to Morgan Stanley’s prestigious Master’s Club every year since 2012. This appointment recognizes his consistent creativity and excellence in providing a wide range of investment products and wealth management services to his clients.
Michael lives in Houston with his wife, Dr. Laura Dew, and their four children. A devoted family man, he takes great pride in all of their achievements. When not hard at work or spending quality time with family and friends, he enjoys hiking, biking, swimming and coaching his children’s sports teams. An avid racquetball player, he has won a number of singles and doubles racquetball championships. He is a current board member of the TXRA, the official state association for USA racquetball. Michael is also an accomplished poker tournament player.
In addition to his many social activities, Michael is also a strong advocate for his local community. He is a founding board member of the Horizon Business Network (HBN) and the BNI Inner Loop chapter of Business Network International. He is also an active supporter of Easter Seals, Bet El, Chabad of Houston, Houston Food Bank, WUES PTO, West U LL and Telluride Academy.
Securities Agent: CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, MI, NJ, NY, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative; Managed Futures
Drawing on nearly 18 of years of experience in the financial services industry, Stacy provides a wide range of services for the Kaplan Group’s high net worth clients. Her many responsibilities include account opening, fund transfers, retirement distributions, performance reporting and general account maintenance and client correspondence. She is often the first point of contact with Michael’s clients.
Highly adept at handling a broad range of responsibilities quickly and professionally, Stacy enjoys providing what Michael calls “white glove service” to every client. Working with investors since 2000, she not only knows how to meet their specific needs, she knows how to anticipate them as well. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of operational support positions in Morgan Stanley’s Houston, Woodlands and Galleria offices.
Stacy is a native of Houston, where she lives with her husband, Tom. They are the proud parents of four boys and one granddaughter. In her spare time, Stacy enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.
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