Morty Kaplan

Board Member

Morty Kaplan is President of Trans-Chemical Corporation and Chairman of the Kaplan Group of Companies. He graduated from Pennsylvania Military Preparatory School in 1947 and Pennsylvania Military College in 1951, later he served in the army as a Line Infantry Officer in the Korean War. After more than 25 years of experience with commodity trading, international trade and manufacturing, finance, and shipping, Morty founded Trans-Chemical Corporation in the early 1970's. TransChem is a U.S. based multinational trading company primarily engaged in the trading and toll processing of bulk industrial commodity chemicals which has broadened its scope over the last decade to include coordination and management of global energy and agriculture projects. For the past 26 years, Morty has hosted International Roundtable, a think-tank for a global exchange of ideas, perceptions, and knowledge involving a diverse group of political and industry world leaders. Morty is also an advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a prominent American think-tank, in Washington, DC. Morty devotes a great deal of time to communal activities and has established a charitable trust to support his family's activities. He is the Chairman and Director of The Kaplan Family Foundation. His projects focus on energy conservation and safety. These projects include: hybrid electric conversion technology and clean coal. In August 2004 Morty’s close friend, Manfred Meyer of Leipzig, Germany, was diagnosed with end-stage pancreatic cancer. Manfred, a pharmaceutical executive who headed Eastern European operations for a major US pharmaceutical company, traveled to Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore for treatment. When Manfred’s physicians ran out of treatment options they referred him to Moshe Rogosnitzky. With his assistance, Manfred’s tumors began shrinking and he survived significantly longer than expected. In 2005 Manfred introduced his close friend Morty to Moshe. Since then Morty has supported Moshe’s varied healthcare endeavors. In 2015 Morty joined the board of We Fund The Cure.