SCOTT CHAPLAN founded the Urban Group of Companies following the recession during the early 1990s and transformed it into an integrated private equity and advisory services firm which has structured, financed, brokered, acquired, developed, rehabilitated and manages over $1 billion of multi-unit residential, mixed use, commercial and office properties throughout the United States. Many of these projects involve historic buildings which have been rehabilitated to provide affordable housing with low-income communities.
Mr. Chaplan was a pioneer in developing environmentally sustainable projects within the inner-city. Leveraging his knowledge relating to the residents’ needs within the urban community, Mr. Chaplan created a comprehensive consulting business that assists organizations and individuals in low-income communities with developing essential and sustainable business and life skills. One positive outcome is the conversion of renters into buyers of DRU properties.
Mr. Chaplan serves on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards including Hayward Lumber Company, Forest Stewardship Council, Environmental Media Association and Pepperdine University School of Law Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Law where he remains on the faculty as an adjunct professor. He is also a faculty member of Kaplan University.
Mr. Chaplan began his professional career at the public accounting firm of Peat Marwick Mitchell prior to attending Pepperdine University School of Law, where was a member of the Law Review. Mr. Chaplan was a Partner in the law firm Argue Pearson Harbison & Myers prior to co-founding Greene, Fidler & Chaplan, LLP, an AV rated business boutique with an emphasis in real estate, corporate, family business office and non-profit law.
Chaplan currently serves as the Social Co-Chair at Karma Los Angeles Chapter.