“Whatever business you are in, it’s the business of people, Serve them well, Believe in them and Invest in them….Success will follow suit” - Umesh Rao
Mr. Umesh Rao is an internationally acclaimed Entrepreneur. He is a Civil Engineer with over 3 decades of experience in the Civil, Infrastructure and Interiors Industry. After being a part of the Corporate Sector for more than a decade, Umesh decided to explore his Entrepreneurial streak.
The early years were not an easy for Umesh, as he was faced with numerous challenges. However, displaying the true qualities of an Entrepreneur namely, perseverance, tenacity and risk taking, he ventured on.
In 2001, Umesh founded Vector Projects in response to the demands of the Interior fit out industry and the rest as they say, is history. Today Vector Projects is considered as one of the most trusted names in the field, with close to 400 employees & offices spanning across India, UAE and South East Asia.
Growing from strength to strength, Vector Projects has strategically built a Platform for Associates and Strategic Partners under its banner. In 2004 the brand Artmatrix was founded – offering high quality, ergonomic and aesthetically designed modular office furniture. As an Indian company based in Malaysia, Umesh’s strategy was to tap the Malaysian expertise in manufacturing and giving it a global exposure.
Other alliances included the premium furniture manufacturers Altek from Italy and Design Studios International from Singapore, in order to cater to the ever growing hospitality and high end residential market in India.
In line with Umesh’s Vision of turning Vector Projects into a one stop solution centre for all fitout needs, Vector Designs International was formed to provide design and architectural solutions. Protocol 7, a company specialising in end to end data & voice networking, was also acquired to shore up the networking part.
Umesh’s strong belief in acquiring, developing and investing in people has ensured that his organization has grown exponentially throughout the years.
He has a passion for music and was the captain of the Cricket team during his college years. He is an avid traveller and actively seeks new ideas and experiences from across the globe.
With more than 25 years of Industry experience, Rajesh has been a key member of the Senior Management at Vector ever since its inception. He has successfully executed projects for key clients like The British Deputy High Commission, Cognizant, Syntel, KPIT, Aker Power Gas, Mumbai International Airport amongst others.
Along with major Commercial projects, Rajesh also leads the Industrial Fit-out Projects. He is keenly involved in the management of Vector’s first-of-its-kind Wood-Works Manufacturing Unit at Pen, Maharashtra.
A Civil Engineer from Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Rajesh also has prior experience in execution and construction of thermal power station, roads, bridges, residential buildings, switch yard and gas insulated substation.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music and follows cricket.
Shrikanth is a veteran in the Industry with an experience of 25 years behind him. After completing post graduation in Construction Management from NICMAR, he amassed valuable hands-on experience during his early career. He has been a key member of the Senior Management at Vector, ever since its inception and has significantly contributed to its exponential growth.
Shrikanth is a people’s person and enjoys an excellent rapport with his peers in the Project Management and Design fraternity. He relishes working on high pressure projects with tough deadlines. His exemplary organisational and leadership skills ensure that he always emerges on top in any situation. Beneath his calm demeanour, he is a tough taskmaster who sets the bar very high for his team and himself.
He is very active in sports especially cricket and badminton. He likes to travel and explore new places when he is not working. He currently heads the project team at Mumbai HO.
As an ardent lover of numbers, Shabbir, a CA by qualification, started his exhilarating career in Finance as a part of the project audit team at ICICI bank. He had a proven track record with other MNC’s before entering the Interiors Industry. As a seasoned professional with more than 17 years of experience in corporate finance and formidable skills in budget management, he has played a vital role in Vector’s growth.
He has been a key team member of the Senior management owing to his keen financial acumen and ability to get people behind him. His expertise in matters of statutory compliance is highly regarded in the Industry.
When he is not crunching numbers for the Company, Shabbir likes to travel and seek new experiences. He also passionately follows Cricket and other sports. He is currently based out of the Mumbai HO.