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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.
Life and career
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.
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 thirteen 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.
VP of Marketing & Promotions
Kalie grew up in San Diego, spending most of her early years at the beach, playing sports, listening to music, and going to shows. While attending SDSU, Kalie pursued her love of music and began interning at the legendary local alternative radio station, 91X. She quickly worked her way through the promotion and production departments, securing herself an on-air gig.
The 91X deejay job combined two of her biggest passions…talking and music. Her knowledge of the radio industry, along with extensive experience in social media led her to Surfdog, where she’s excited to grow, contribute, and learn everything else there is to know about our crazy industry. In her free time, Kalie enjoys going to shows, traveling, and going to the beach!
Director of Merchandising & Operations
An east coaster at heart, but a constant desire to always live on the West Coast, Megan traveled across the country to pursue her dreams of working in the music industry again and planting her roots in the small surf community of Ocean Beach, California. Coming from a diverse background of Sports Production, Tour Management, Music Marketing & Social Media and a creative niche for writing and photography, she found a perfect fit here at Surfdog Records.
Megan oversees all digital and physical album releases, manages the artist merchandising manufacturing and production, runs the music licensing database and overseas Surfdog Records Internship Program. When she’s not at work, you can find her seeing live music, heading up north to go camping, traveling to a new city or just relaxing at the beach with friends enjoying life in beautiful San Diego!
Office Manager & Executive Assistant
Lauren is a San Diego native and spent most of her time growing up going to concerts and hanging out at the beach. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University, she moved back to sunny San Diego and began working various jobs at a marketing company and UC San Diego, until she found her home here at Surfdog.
Lauren’s role as Executive Assistant and overall Office Manager combines her passion for music with her operational skills to make for the perfect fit. When she’s not in the office, you can find her going to shows, hanging with friends and family, playing sports, or reading a great book at the beach.
Manager of Surfdog’s Java Hut
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 ten 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 three dogs, Stella, Sam, and Jazz. She also has a cockatiel named Bert!