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Chris Gaur '12
Marketing Management
Lubin School of Business
Westchester Campus

Chris Gaur ’12 honed his entrepreneurial skills at Pace, partnering with his friend, Dan Cassidy, and founding the Pace Perk Cafe.

The duo formed a club that was recognized by the Student Development and Campus Activities and qualified for $2,400 in seed money to open a snack bar at Pace’s Briarcliff location on April 6, 2010.

The business is still open nightly 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. for Pace students to get together and enjoy drinks and good food.

“To begin, we were honored to have Pace’s financial support,” he continues. “The business is fully self-sufficient now, paying for its workers, inventory, and marketing. Three years later, the business is still prospering with steady sales increase,” notes Gaur. “The brand is strong and the Briarcliff freshmen especially love going there. One of our first milestones was achieving $100,000 in revenue within the first year. Dr. Kathy Winsted was instrumental in mentoring us, and even started a Board of Advisers that oversees the business and provides expert feedback. This helped my team get real-world experience reporting our numbers at monthly meetings while still in college.”

In April 2010, around the same time that Pace Perk opened, Gaur also founded the campus chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, a co-ed professional business fraternity.

He has since been appointed the District Director of the chapter, mentoring current collegiate members from the Lubin School of Business.

Despite the success of the Perk and his commitment to Delta Sigma Pi, Gaur sought external corporate and sales experiences. An interest in health and wellness led him to work in sales at New York Sports Club. Later, he joined forces with his brother and formed Vital Care Services, a telehealth company providing remote health monitoring for older adults.

“Today’s health care world faces three main priority areas: increase quality, expand access, and reduce cost. Thus, I created Vital Care Services with my brother to address these three areas. After graduation, I knew I wanted to continue to stay close to Pace,” he recalls. “I reached out to my Pace network to create service-learning opportunities for students and use technology that we developed in the field. It really fits nicely with the initiatives of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and College of Health Professions to create interdisciplinary programs within the University. Support from Dean Amar Gupta, Dean Harriet Feldman, and President Stephen Friedman has been instrumental to our partnership.”

"I felt comfortable starting Vital Care because of the experience Pace gave me with the Pace Perk,” he continues. “I had this idea and Pace fully embraced it in so many ways, and I was able to see it be created and sustained. Because of the Perk, I had the entrepreneurial foundations of writing a business plan, networking skills, performing market research, and more.”

Gaur has continued to partner with Pace as Vital Care forges ahead. Vital Care recently won a $100,000 grant from New York City, and has successfully hired seven Pace students; five as technicians to help take readings from older adults, and two graduate RNs to monitor this biometric health information. They received 50 applications for internships.

“We’re looking to lower the overall cost of health care and improve the quality of life for older adults. The impetus for starting Vital Care was seeing how technology is really helping in this field,” Gaur notes. “This is a great time to develop user-friendly technology. The first thing we did with Pace was the intergenerational computing course with Dr. Jean Coppola. It helped us assess pre-pilot usability and the benefits of technology. We’re publishing the research and presenting at a conference this month.”

The next steps for Vital Care include further validating the cost savings of telehealth while training future healthcare providers and technicians at the University level. They are implementing projects in Westchester and are interested in hiring more students. Gaur hopes to continue working with Pace to incorporate Vital Care technology into coursework and nursing labs, noting that offering this kind of technology is important to students and helps Pace stay competitive. They’ve also applied for National Science Foundation grants, developed software, and opened an office in White Plains, N.Y.

Gaur’s connection to Pace isn’t confined to business; on July 13, 2013, he married alumna Stephanie Moody ’13.

“It’s so nice to be so connected to Pace, both with the business and personally.”

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Using his experience opening up an on-campus café, entrepreneur Chris Gaur started a telehealth company, Vital Health Services.