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Dynamic Company Behind Dream Resort

By Dorothy Brotherton – NICHE Magazine

Canadians are discovering their dream getaway may not be down south after all. After a rush across the border to snap up cheap resort properties during the last few years, we’re pausing to look closer to home. Nowhere is that more evident than at Copper Point Resort, tucked in the Columbia Valley between the Purcell and Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Going cross-border for vacation properties, Canadians found they had to deal with health insurance costs, excessive travel times with spiralling costs, and that dream condo was just too far away for a quick weekend escape.

Copper Point Resort, the premier B.C. project of the Rohit Group of Companies, is in our neighbourhood. The resort overlooks a destination golf course and offers easy access to skiing. Picturesque Lake Windermere provides full lake recreation and inspiration.

The resort almost didn’t make it to reality. Started in 2005, the project fell to the swath of a struggling economy. Rohit purchased it out of receivership in 2009, and crews got going in spring 2010. Opening this spring are 106 suites, which equals 203 hotel rooms. Ninety-seven suites are described as lock-offs. That means an owner can use the entire suite or bring friends to occupy the lock-off suite or even rent it to other vacationers.

With resort management firm Atlific, Copper Point boasts the amenities of a five-star hotel–full service spa, indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, fitness facilities, restaurant and lounge.

Expected to be especially popular are the three high-tech banquet rooms. “People are meeting differently these days, e.g. strategy meetings where 10 to 15 executives put together blueprints or budgets. Those glorious views will regenerate creative thought,” said Michellene Kandert, director of public relations and brand development for Rohit. The high-tech facilities provide a think-tank scenario.

Kandert noted the area had experienced consumer erosion, so the new jobs at Copper Point Resort are hands-down welcome. “It’s bringing so much hope and opportunity to the valley,” she said. That’s 55 jobs at opening and 110 in a few years at peak times, with 65 to 70 in off-seasons. “It will bring a lot of business—not just our business–but to the golf course, cafes and adventure tours of the area.”

Rohit Communities tell a fairy-tale success story. It recently ranked twenty-fifth of Alberta’s top 50 fastest growing companies. Copper Point Resort brought home three gold Tommie awards this year from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Okanagan, and a national CHBA award. Rohit was named Edmonton’s 2010 and 2011 Home Builder of the Year, and featured on CTV’s Showhome Parade.

It all started in 1986, when Rohit took off from small home builder status and grew into a diversified organization handling residential and land development, commercial assets and real estate lending. Rohit Group skyrocketed into position as an industry leader. They do it all: Design, develop, finance, manage and market.

The vision of the Rohit Group is somewhat unabashed: It aims to be the premiere real estate company in Western Canada. It starts to look believable when you see the talent pool Rohit has pulled together.

Radhe Gupta, CEO and president, started and oversees the company, and pushes his vision into developing new markets. He was recently named to Ernst & Young’s 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year Prairie Region Finalists. He says the Rohit Group is “striving to exceed our clients’ expectations, to be fair, plus a little bit more.” That “little bit more” may be the key to Rohit success.

Russell Dauk is vice president of Land and Communities Division, bringing 16 years of experience. Rohit Gupta, chief financial officer, handles Fort McMurray and Kelowna residential construction operations, as well as Rohit Capital. Amit Shah is senior project manager, oversees buying of materials and services, does resource planning and defines productions targets.

Rocky Sethi manages the Okanagan region and is a Built Green builder, meaning he really knows how to build in harmony with the environment. Rick Shaver manages Edmonton and area operations, and Charles Schwarz, Fort McMurray interests.

Krishna Gupta supervises product development and is a driving force behind designs and innovations. Her passion is Rohit Charities. The charity thrust, established in 2004, clearly has that “little bit more.” Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation has become the major charity. Radhe and Krishna Gupta set up the Neal Gupta Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology in memory of their infant son. This so clearly comes not from corporate obligation, but from the compassion of their hearts. The Guptas are Diamond Sponsors of the Stollery’s annual Snowflake Gala fundraiser. As well, Rohit supports a hospital and school in Joura, India, Radhe Gupta’s hometown. Annually, deserving families in the Edmonton region are helped to enjoy Christmas.

That “little bit more” keeps coming, seen from Copper Point Resort to Joura, India, in the activities of a company that’s helping dreams come true.

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