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4 Years trying to Get Out and the Rest of My Life trying to Get Back In!

That’s how I like to tell people about my experience at Ohio University.  During the 90’s the Internet was blowing up, people were making millions starting websites and I was right in the thick of it working at the OU Innovation Centre helping companies like Speciality Books launch online e-commerce sites as early as 1995.  At that time, my driving passion was getting out of school to start my own venture that would revolutionize the world!

Once I’d graduated and moved to NYC, I realized the 16 hour days at PricewaterhouseCoopers and institutional constraints of selling for AT&T weren’t all that I had dreamed life out of school would be.  So I found myself traveling back early and often to Athens for my OU fix.   9 out of 10 straight homecomings, Sales Centre board meetings, visits with my brother and then my wife’s cousin became yearly highlights.  Finally, after toasting screw drivers at homecoming with friends recently relocated from California to Athens, Stephanie and I decided it was time to get back in and moved to the now famous State of Appalachia.

Life has definitely come full circle now as I’ve returned to teach Entrepreneurial Sales and Information & Telecommunication Systems for Ohio University and enjoy a slightly different kind of college party with a craft beer at this week’s Ohio Brew Week.    My experience with OU has taught me so much about how to be a professional, a person, a coach and a contributor that I am certain of one thing, I will spend the rest of  my life trying to give back the “fair/unfair” advantage that my time then and now at OU has given me!


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It’s a Kaple New Year!

A little over three years ago, I wrote to everyone about the conclusion to the year of Appalachia and kicked off the year of the North American Mountain Man/Woman/Dog.  I for one had not expected that Mountain to be so large, so challenging or so long to get over.  Which makes this message all the more sweet as we reach the spring start to the natural new year and can say we’ve successfully made it over the mountain and into the valley below.

From the great State of Appalachia in the heart of the Ohio River Valley,  I’m proud to drop the newest form of Kaple Communication.  Something more than an annual letter, a full interactive, social, multi-media experience.

Welcome to Kaple 2.0!

Many of you know I believe in the Power of 3, so it’s no surprise that the universe conspired for me to bundle up three amazing years of trials, tribulations, and jubilations to return with a mountain of news to share with you in threes!  Follow the links below to navigate to your favorite parts.

BUT WAIT!  THERE’S MORE!  Each month going forward I’m going to release a new chapter of the Kaple 2.0 portfolio detailing life as I’ve known it in Dayton, Athens, NYC and now Parkersburg.  You will get a note to announce each post, but come back early and often for more stories from the State of Appalachia (51st & finest, more than a place, it’s a state of mind!)

Thank you for continuing to be an important part of our lives.  If we’ve lost contact during these busy years, please reach out!   You know where to find us online and in the hills.  We promise we’ll do the same when we come your way!


Gregory & Stephanie Kaple

Rally & Ryder Dogs

Soon to arrive: Baby Ray Kaple

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Welcome to the State of Appalachia!

The 51st and finest, it’s more than a place, it’s a state of mind.

As a region, the state of Appalachia recognizes geographic and cultural alignment over manmade boundaries and nonexistent constraints.

As a philosophy, the state of Appalachia is richer in people, perseverance and pride  than it is in natural resources and mountainous heights.

At its heart is the Ohio Valley.  Poised with all the natural and human force to explode through historical stereotypes, ready to surpass even the Silicon Valley as the nation’s source of new leadership, innovation and accomplishment.

The state of Appalachia is where community and contribution collide creating the entrepreneurial currency of a cherished legacy for the next generation’s economy.


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