Acclaimed for his work as a music manager, founder/head of an independent record label and for promoting ocean awareness and preservation, Dave Kaplan has managed the careers of entertainment industry legends UB40, Brian Setzer, Dave Stewart, Glen Campbell, Stray Cats, Gary Hoey, Butthole Surfers, BulletBoys, and many more artists.
Dave graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara business school and received the elite Salutatorian award of his graduating class of 1981. He gained status as a Certified Public Accountant in 1984. Though raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Kaplan took his very first steps on Mission Beach and, fittingly, set up permanent residence in San Diego. He played in rock n’ roll bands since the age of 14 and played on the college bar circuit in Southern California.
After beginning his career as a CPA, a college friend called and asked him to join his father’s entertainment firm in Los Angeles based on Kaplan’s business training and experience, combined with his music sensibilities. Kaplan accepted and became the Vice President of the firm, which produced and sold rock and roll t-shirts and other items for entertainment icons including Madonna, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Bette Midler, and other music superstars. Then in 1985, at the age of 25, Kaplan was selected to co-manage the world renowned British reggae group, UB40. He oversaw their USSR tour (the first-ever tour of Russia by a Western band) which resulted in the documentary UB40 – CCCP by acclaimed director/photographer Anton Corbijn. When his management-business partner left to work for Arista Records, Kaplan founded Dave Kaplan Management. From this foundation he went on to manage the careers of several of legendary rock and roll artists, which he continues to do to this day.
If Dave's on a "business trip," that could always be code for his annual Fiji surf trip with his pack of ultra-close-knit high-school buddies (who all learned to surf at the world's first artificial wave in Phoenix!).
Dave lives in North County San Diego with his wife of 25 years, and his teenage daughter and son. Oh and with their 5 dogs, horses, pigs, chickens and all of that too.
Executive VP/General Manager
In 1995, while studying broadcasting at Humboldt State University in Northern California, Scott began his career in the entertainment world as a radio deejay and promoter. As well as becoming an avid record collector, he also spent a lot of his time surfing in the cold Northern Cal waters! Scott went on to work for CBS News as a cameraman, audio technician, and technical director. He then moved to San Diego to become a Director for an audio/visual production company in San Diego.
Previous to moving into an integrated role in the overall company, Scott ran Surfdog Entertainment, a youth lifestyle marketing and consulting division, whose clients have included Pepsi, Best Buy, Mervyns, Warner Bros Records, Intersope Records, the US Open of Surfing, Surfline, and many more. As Senior Director, he oversaw many activations, including extremely successful multi-year, grassroots campaigns for Pepsi by ushering them into youth street culture.
Scott has been with Surfdog / Dave Kaplan Management for ten years and over that time has risen from an intern to Executive Vice President of the company, overseeing all management and record label duties. This includes responsibility for all company operations, staff, strategic alliances, day-to-day management of key artists, and new business opportunities/long-term planning.
Scott lives in Encinitas with his wife, young son and daughter. If you don't see him in the office or on the road, he's probably surfing or hanging with his family.
Megan spent years in the high-pressure world of a law firm, where she was a legal assistant. That's before we rescued her to pursue her love of music! She currently heads up promotion and marketing for Surfdog Records and is involved in the day-to-day management of our artists. Megan grew up in Hawaii, which made her even more perfect for Surfdog. She has an unbelievable work ethic, always has boundless energy, and almost always has a big ole smile on her face! Ask any artist who has worked with Megan and they will rave about her dedication and passion.
Megan also runs our intern program, and is involved in all aspects of licensing for film/TV/commercials. She also assists with our royalties management system, international distribution, and A&R duties.
Megan is recently married and lives in North Park. She loves music, running, and craft beer.
Anita grew up in Ohio, singing in church and at social gatherings with her musically gifted father and as a vocalist in several bands. After attending Ohio State University she made her way over to California. That love of music led her all the way to Surfdog / Dave Kaplan Management, where she's been keeping the machine oiled and the bills paid for over eight years! She also oversees the operations of Surfdog's Java Hut.
Anita lives in Encinitas, a few steps from the ocean. If she's not in the office she can be found tending her cactus and succulent gardens, painting wonderful works of art, running on the beach or playing with her two overly-loved dogs, Stella & Sam!
Kristen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She assists with A&R, runs the Surfdog internship program, production, and handles our merchandise. Before coming over to Surfdog, Kristen independently managed local Bay Area talent, and booked local band showcases. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Radio & Television degree in 2010, and is now pursuing her passion of working in the music industry... and loving every day of it!
Kristen enjoys playing in the sun and water, and will eat any food with lots of sugar!
Josh was born in Cleveland and grew up in Grand Rapids, MI. His parents encouraged music, so Josh developed a skill for piano and an unhealthy addiction to Billy Joel. Music obsession continued in college with Wilco, Elliot Smith, and Nick Lowe which led to a serious passion for songwriting and recording. He continued on this path by graduating with a degree in audio engineering in music production, and began his music career at the epicenter of it all--making music and working on live gigs. After years of making records and engineering live shows , Josh was hired as Brian Setzer's PA and security director. Dozens of shows and thousands of miles later, Josh took an opportunity with Surfdog/Dave Kaplan Management to come on as a full-time employee, assisting in all record company duties as well as management functions.
Josh is a long suffering Detroit Lions fan and craft beer lover. He is married and he and his wife are looking forward to their new life after relocating to San Diego.
RC was born and raised right in Surfdog/DKM’s backyard in San Diego, on a forty-acre flower farm. When his father wasn’t putting him to work tending to the Rose Spoon and Pincushion Protea, they would listen to classic records. A lot of the time the music of choice was really old country music, which is where RC must have developed his strange affinity for Patsy Cline. He spent his formative years discovering new music through the San Diego music scene. following local break-throughs such as No Knife and Pinback, he developed a DIY work ethic and a desire to learn as much as possible about the music industry.
After spending some time in Los Angles and graduating from film school, RC returned to his beloved San Diego and began as an intern at Surfdog. He has since worked his way up to becoming the Art Director. In this position, RC oversees all visuals/creative including online, packaging, tour, merchandising and advertising.
RC currently resides in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. When he’s not art directing, He is a print maker, musician, film maker and strong supporter of the San Diego music scene. Oh…and let’s not forget that RC is a life-long fanatic of Billy The Kidd--if you don’t believe it, take a look at the huge tattoo on his right arm!