He's president of a packaging and display business.

NEW YORK — Rocket, a fourth-generation family-owned packaging and display business for the fine jewelry market, announced that Michael L. Kaplan, president, has been appointed chairman of the Board of the Jewelers Board of Trade.INSTORE JBT

JBT is a not-for-profit organization that provides commercial credit information, marketing and unbiased data and statistics services to its members. Kaplan has volunteered with JBT for close to 20 years and has served on the board as vice chairman.

"I am honored by the appointment and very much look forward to serving alongside some of the brightest and most dedicated individuals in the industry," said Kaplan. "JBT is a unique organization in its mission to support members and I'm proud to help maintain the integrity and importance of JBT in our industry."

"We are very excited to have Mike as our chairman and look forward to his oversight and guidance," said JBT President Richard Weisenfeld. "Mike brings to the table tremendous experience working with JBT and many other industry organizations."

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Kaplan brings a long history of volunteerism to the position. In addition to rigorous professional commitments over his 55-plus year career, he has served in governing roles on some of the industry's most prestigious organizations, including board member of Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America; past president, past chairman and board member of the New York 24K Club; past president, secretary and board member of Plumb Club; and scholarship board and treasurer of the Women's Jewelry Association; along with other roles with community, philanthropic and professional organizations.

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