CHRIS PAULUS has joined VIP Structures as chief financial officer. He joins the VIP team with more than 14 years of experience working in commercial real-estate development and finance. As CFO, Paulus will partner with the CEO and senior leadership to identify business-model innovations that enable growth across the VIP enterprise. He received his MBA from Loyola University in Maryland and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University. Paulus has previously worked for companies such as Wells Fargo bank and US Bank. With his extensive background in commercial real estate, he has been responsible for overseeing the development and financial health of multi-family, office, hotel, and retail properties.
MIKE DURKIN has had his role at VIP increased to include VP of client relations. He first joined VIP Structures in 2019 as VP of investor relations. As VP of investor relations, Durkin is responsible for managing communications between VIP Development Associates and its real-estate investors, supporting capital-raising efforts and developing relationships with prospective investors. His additional role is a natural fit, given his more than 20 years of experience working in sales and business relationship management. Durkin will be responsible for fostering collaboration and communication with clients working alongside the architectural, engineering, construction, and development teams to maintain and ensure long-term business relationships.
ROHIT AGRAWAL has joined VIP Architecture as a principle of architecture. He comes to VIP Architectural Associates, PLLC with more than 20 years of experience in the field of architecture. In his role at VIPAA, Agrawal will work closely with Kate Nutting and Ken Osmun to continue to support and carry out the leadership of the design team. He is a licensed architect in India and the U.S. Agrawal began his career as a freelance designer in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Following his move to the states, he joined SWBR Architects & Engineers, becoming an associate in 2004. Several years later he was offered the opportunity to establish and grow a design team within Popli Design Group (PDG). As the founding principal, Agrawal guided PDG to become recognized as an award-winning architecture practice. Headquartered in Rochester, he grew PDG across New York state establishing offices in Syracuse, Binghamton, Buffalo, and New York City.