Leadership

Dafna Kaplan

Founder & CEO

Dafna Kaplan is the founding CEO of Cassette. As a veteran of both consumer tech and construction industries, she observed the need for a tech-driven innovator committed to working through and with the people that make buildings happen. Hence, Cassette’s unique business model aims to lift all boats with the rising tide of industrialization.

Kaplan’s career began with ten years of leadership in global branding and media communications in the software and consumer tech space, with her last role in that sector as Targus’ global brand director. In 2004, Kaplan transitioned her marketing expertise to the architecture and construction sector, where she last served as a Vice President at MATT Construction, a regionally acclaimed commercial construction firm in California.

Kaplan is passionate about giving back, and has served on association and non-profit boards for over two decades, including the Consumer Electronics Association accessories division board, the Executive and Management Committees of the Urban Land Institute in Los Angeles, the Architecture + Design Museum, and as Public Director on the AIA Los Angeles Chapter Board. She resides in Los Angeles, but travels extensively to research global technology and building trends.

Kaplan holds an MBA, Summa Cum Laude, from the UCLA Anderson School and a BA in Human Services from the University of Oregon.

Nick Butcher

Chief Operating Officer

Nick Butcher is both the Chief Operating Officer of Cassette, and its Board Director. His global construction experience and perspective inform the company’s supply chain partnerships, quality assurance, and project management procedures.

He is known globally as a leader of cost management teams handling large scale and architecturally complex construction projects. He has developed an instinct for discerning and interpreting the main cost and risk drivers of a project early in conceptual design and providing pragmatic guidance with architectural sensitivity throughout design and construction.

Randy Miller

R&D Leader

Randy Miller is possibly the most well-known modular construction design-builder on the west coast. Founder of RAD Urban and its former CEO in the San Francisco Bay Area, Randy has designed, fabricated and installed over 7 successful multifamily modular projects of different sizes and typologies, ever-improving modular engineering and constructability.

Randy oversees the R&D, engineering, and project implementation sides of Cassette’s business. He holds a Masters Degree in Construction Engineering and Management from Stanford University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Rubi Mariñelarena

Senior Architectural Designer

Rubi Mariñelarena’s architectural career has spanned 15 years across multiple facets of multifamily design and construction. Mariñelarena leads Cassette’s system optimization, project design integration, and BIM coordination across project partners. She holds a five-year Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design from CalPoly State University San Luis Obispo.

Dennis Rustad

Constructability Leader

Dennis Rustad has more than thirty years in the construction industry as project manager, superintendent, and most recently, head of BIM / virtual construction for MATT Construction. His breadth of project experience, combined with an aeronautical education and in-depth knowledge of today’s cutting-edge 3D modeling programs, make Mr. Rustad one of the leading experts in planning and constructability of complex projects.

Mr. Rustad leads Cassette’s modular constructability and logistics planning using 4D BIM modeling to analyze and optimize schedule, means & methods.