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Kaplan CFO begins 2019 with new business wins

Kaplan CFO Solutions recently announced the addition of five new companies to its expanding client roster. The five companies who have partnered with the firm since the beginning of 2019 are:

Snow Creek Landscaping (Arden, NC): Locally owned and operated, Snow Creek Landscaping, LLC is a full service landscaping company providing hardscaping, water features, tree services and more. Since 1989, the company has offered design, installation and maintenance services for residential and commercial customers in the Asheville area and parts of South Carolina. Kaplan CFO partner, Jill Jones will be working with the Snow Creek management team in order to help manage the company’s growth.

North Carolina Outward Bound School (Asheville, NC): For 50 years, North Carolina Outward Bound School has delivered challenging outdoor adventure programs based in experiential education to people of all ages and walks of life. These programs help individuals discover their strength of character, ability to lead, and desire to serve. NCOBS is a non-profit organization that is a part of the network of Outward Bound schools in the U.S. and all over the world. Kaplan CFO’s Jan Letendre is excited to be working with the NCOBS leadership.

Universal Companies (Abington, VA): Created in 1982, Universal Companies provides spa solutions, products and equipment to more than 30,000 customers worldwide. It is also a leader in delivering advanced education in the spa and wellness industries. In 2017, the company announced a $1.5 million investment to expand distribution operations in response to increasing demand. Mike Holt, who oversees the Kaplan CFO presence in the Tri-Cities area, has joined the Universal Companies’ management team.

Blue Mountain Therapy (Abington, VA): Blue Mountain Therapy provides contract therapy services for skilled nursing facilities and home health care agencies in Abingdon, VA and the surrounding areas of southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee. Services include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Early Intervention and Medical Social Work. Mike Holt is working with Blue Mountain Therapy.

Astral Designs (Asheville, NC): Established in 2002, Astral has grown to specialize in high performance outdoor footwear alongside its industry-leading safety gear for paddlers. Independently owned and operated with a sincere commitment to making products of the highest performance and style for use in the water, in the woods, or in town. Astral is based in Asheville, NC and has satellite offices in Northern California, Portland, and Saigon (Vietnam). Kaplan CFO Managing Partner, Ken Kaplan will be joining the Astral Design management team as their embedded Chief Financial Officer.

With these new business wins, Kaplan CFO now serves 26 companies across Western North Carolina and the Tri-Cities area. “The markets where we do business continue to see explosive business growth,” according to Ken Kaplan. The growth is benefitting business outsourcing providers such as Kaplan CFO, as well as the hundreds of professional service providers that serve the needs of the local business community. “The local growth is good for everyone,” Kaplan added.

Kaplan also mentioned that the firm is looking to grow its own staff in 2019, hoping to add at least one more CFO Partner in the Asheville-area market as well as another in the Tri-Cities.

About Kaplan CFO Solutions: Kaplan CFO Solutions is a key resource for local, fast-growing businesses and those in transition. Now in its 11th year, the firm of nine veteran CFOs is powered by its unique “embedded CFO” model. Kaplan CFOs work on-site 1.5 - 4 days a week as part of their client’s management team. They develop and implement the processes and create the financial stability the client needs to succeed at the next level. Kaplan CFOs average 25 years of CFO experience and 30+ years of business experience. They are able to provide peer-level support for the business owner while mentoring younger members of the management team. For more information, visit the Kaplan CFO website.


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