Design architecture firm DMR Architects has chosen five partners, the first named to the position since the founding of the company in 1991. Partners are set to receive equity in the company, and that is set to increase over time.
DMR Architects CEO Lloyd Rosenberg, front, with new partners, from left, Francis Reiner, Pradeep Kapoor, Kurt Vierheilig, Gregg Stopa and Charles Sarlo. – (DMR ARCHITECTS)>
“It’s an honor that they’re part of the firm,” Lloyd Rosenberg, founder and CEO of DMR, said. “Some have been with me for 24, 25 years. A lot of them have been able to maintain a solid relationship with the staff. I think they’re great.”
Rosenberg has promoted Gregg Stopa, senior vice president; Charles Sarlo, vice president; Kurt Vierheilig, senior designer; Pradeep Kapoor, director of sustainability; and Francis Reiner, senior urban designer.
“Naming partners represents an advancement in our thinking on the role of our people and the quality of the client experience we are expected to deliver,” Rosenberg said in a news release.
In 2016, DMR Architects grew 80 percent in revenue and 50 percent in staff, bringing its total employee count to 40. Rosenberg attributed the growth and success of the company to the investment the new partners have made to the firm.
“We anticipate to be able to sustain the level of design work we are doing now, with 40 people in our staff, and have a goal of maintaining that level of involvement and staff, maintain the same revenue that we have now, and to grow incrementally over the next five years,” said Rosenberg.
Stopa, who has been with DMR since 1993, said he hopes to use this new role to better assist those below him.
“I’m like the old head they come to with problems,” said Stopa. “I will continue on with what I have been doing, but I can do it in more of a leadership capacity. To just be that person that people can rely on to help them through tough projects, teach people and just help the firm overall.”
Stopa specializes in quality control at DMR, and said he hopes to use his 35 years of experience in public works to continue advancing the interest of the company.
Stopa has been the senior project manager for Ocean County Community College, Bergen Community College and the Woodbridge school.
“I am looking forward to continuing to develop DMR’s delivery of great designs and quality projects for our clients,” said Vierheilig, who has been with the firm for over 17 years.
Vierheilig designed the rail station at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.
“DMR did the first (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified) public school in New Jersey. That was the first project I worked on,” Kapoor said, in reference to the Carlstadt public school, which was also the first LEED-certified building in Bergen County.
Kapoor, who began working for DMR in 2001, said he hopes to use his promotion to advance the education of sustainability.
“I want to help not only the company, but also the clients… I hope to inspire the same passion,” said Kapoor.
DMR architects is based out of Hasbrouck Heights. The full-service architectural firm has a footprint in the public, corporate, education, health care and residential market sectors.
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