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Mr. James Peter "Jim" Kaplan

Jim Kaplan of Pickens is secretary. He was appointed to the Commission in 2018.

He is CEO of Cornell Dubilier Electronics, a manufacturer of electric components. With corporate headquarters and manufacturing in Liberty, the company also operates from sites in Massachusetts, California, Illinois, Mexico, North Carolina, and Hong Kong. He joined the company as a process engineer in 1988 and later moved to Mexicali, Mexico, where he was production control manager. He moved back to Liberty in 1994 to assume the role of manufacturing manager and later was named general manager (1996 -1999). He was the president from 2000 to 2021 and now serves as CEO.

He received a bachelor of science degree in ceramic engineering from Clemson University and an MBA from The College of William and Mary.
He serves on several boards, including the Pickens County United Way, Electronic Industry Association, Alliance Pickens County and the Electronic Components Industry Association. He is a former Red Cross board member.

He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Julee, have three children.