Darin J. Pauls
Chief Executive Officer
Darin Pauls is a founding member of Foster MSP, LLC. Darin started his career as a CPA and Tax Accountant for a national accounting firm where he also pursued a Masters in Taxation at DePaul University in Chicago. He worked directly with small to mid-sized business owners, not only on tax matters but also in helping them to form and organize various businesses in many different industries. It was Darin’s love for consulting and helping people to achieve their business goals that encouraged him to move out of the tax practice and into his firm’s business and technology consulting practice. In this practice he quickly became an expert in ERP, eCommerce, Financial Reporting, Distribution and Manufacturing systems.
After years of consulting, a client approached him to become Chief Information Officer and ultimately Chief Financial Officer of a startup eCommerce company that was growing rapidly. The company was in desperate need of core IT infrastructure as well as automation of distribution processes. Darin’s main role was to build the IT from the ground up through the implementation and construction of physical networks components such as cabling, switching, routing and firewalls, as well as implementing all line of business software. He implemented and integrated ERP and Warehouse Management Systems and worked directly with FedEx and their software development teams to create integrations with those systems to FedEx shipping systems. This infrastructure and automation led to the rapid growth of this company while keeping high profit margins and low employee counts.
Darin returned to consulting and took a position with another national accounting firm to grow their IT consulting practice for their Midwest Region. In this position he not only worked with clients as in the past, but was in charge of forming partnerships with software and hardware vendors. He gained experience with these vendors and their operations through a position on a Partner Advisory Board of a middle market ERP software company. This experience became invaluable in working in the IT industry in terms of identifying the value and stability of vendors when choosing hardware and software technologies for clients to invest in and implement.
In 2005, Darin founded a company named Beratung, LLC. It was initially an ERP reseller and implementer but it quickly flourished into a full IT services firm. Many clients, existing and new, saw a uniqueness in Beratung’s ability to bring sensible and effective IT to their organizations at a reasonable cost. The general IT and Managed Services division of Beratung quickly outpaced the ERP division and this led to a need to rebrand and build a new entity to accommodate this growth. In 2014, Darin brought in two long-time colleagues, Bryan Hinkle and J.R. Ramos, to create a new and separate firm, Foster MSP, LLC with the focus on full and complete IT services and business consulting.