VP of Corporate Development & Guest RelationsMinnesota Vikings
In his 15th season with the Vikings organization, J. P. Paul serves as the team’s Vice President of Corporate Development and Guest Relations. In this role, Paul creates and executes new service initiatives to further enhance the relationship between the Vikings and their fans, as well as the corporate community. Paul and his group have played a key role in the team’s move to U.S. Bank Stadium, most notably by working hand-in-hand with Aramark (Stadium Concessionaire) on concession/premium food service design concepts and SMG (Facility Manager) in creating game day operational protocols and managing corporate vendor and service provider relationships.
Also in conjunction with SMG, Paul has helped create U.S. Bank Stadium’s SKOL Service initiative which focuses on creating memorable game day experiences for Vikings fans and all U.S. Bank Stadium guests. On the design/construction side, Paul worked closely with Mortenson Construction (General Contractor) on various design and quality assurance aspects of the stadium’s interior spaces. Paul also oversaw the U.S. Bank Stadium tour program whereby he and his team hosted hundreds of construction tours for special guests of the Vikings organization. During the initial construction and sales phase of U.S. Bank Stadium, he worked closely with new and current Vikings’ sponsors and premium seating members to integrate them into new stadium hospitality and partnership programs. Paul also speaks on behalf of the organization to local business groups and trade associations.
Paul oversaw the 2-year transition for the Vikings to the University of Minnesota in 2014-15 and led Vikings club seating efforts at Mall of America Field. Along with his day-to-day responsibilities with the Vikings, Paul is a member of the Association of Luxury Suite Directors where he previously served as the NFL’s Premium Seating Committee Chairman. Junior Achievement of Minnesota recognized Paul as their Capstone Volunteer of the Year in 2008. Away from work, he is very active coaching youth baseball and basketball; serving as a Board Member for the Chaska Baseball Association from 2011-2015. Paul played Division I baseball at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. J.P. and his wife, Megan, reside in Chaska with their three sons, Ryan, Matthew and Nicholas.