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RIPCO names new president

Mark Kaplan
Mark Kaplan

Independent full-service brokerage firm RIPCO Real Estate has promoted its COO to president.

Mark Kaplan will oversee the company's operations, expansion, new initiatives, and strategic opportunities, working with company principals Peter Ripka, Todd Cooper, and Gene Spiegelman. In addition, Kaplan will continue to serve as the company’s COO.

“It’s been rewarding to be part of the company’s growth, especially during the challenges brought on by a global pandemic, and I am eager to continue to advance RIPCO as a highly regarded and nationally recognized real estate firm,” Kaplan said.

Kaplan joined RIPCO in 2017. Under his leadership he has been instrumental to the firm’s growth having accomplished the following:

  • Increased RIPCO’s market presence from three offices to eight, with locations in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Long Island, and Connecticut. In 2021, the brokerage launched in Florida with offices in Miami and Tampa.
  • Grew RIPCO’s team to over 100 brokers from 33;
  • Launched RIPCO’s additional service lines including RIPCO’s investment sales, property management, and debt/equity and structured finance divisions, and
  • Led the company through its first-ever merger and acquisition deal with the recent acquisition of BCD, a premier restaurant real estate brokerage specializing in the development and expansion of food and beverage brands.

“Mark is a natural born leader and more important than anything, he has become family for us, and we enjoy working with him every single day,” said Peter Ripka, co-founder of the company along with Todd Cooper.

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