Barry Kaplan

Certified Associate

Barry Kaplan is an executive coach who inspires leaders and their teams to declare what they want, and shows them how to access their power to make it happen. Barry’s coaching wisdom comes from his experience leading teams in the tourism industry ranging from COO of Liberty Travel, a 200-store chain with over 2,000 employees from 1986-1995; board member of King International Corporation, a public company in hotel, gaming and restaurant businesses from 1986 – 1990; President and board member of Transmedia Network, a public company from 1995-1998; co-founder and senior executive of 21-company roll-up funded by private equity from 1998-2003; and until 2008 owner of Group IST, a specialty group travel company. Earlier in his career, Barry practiced corporate law.


Recognizing his signature strengths of identifying untapped potential individuals and groups – coupled with decades of success in inspiring people and building teams, in 2008 Barry chose to follow his passion and use his talents to guide leaders in their development as a full-time vocation. Barry is an executive coach for entrepreneurs, leaders and their teams, and has coached hundreds of executives and works extensively with leadership teams, boards and small groups. Barry also works extensively with YPO, and has facilitated over hundreds of retreats and training workshops.


Barry received his B.S., magna cum laude, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in 1980, and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from The George Washington University Law School in 1983. He has been a member of YPO since 1993 and active volunteer in community affairs. Barry is married and has a daughter.