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Entrepreneurs like to create, not consult. So we leverage a network of entrepreneurs on your behalf, allowing them to pursue their own ventures while sharing their expertise with you when needed.
We also have built the expertise of many dozens of experts and entrepreneurs into Trep itself. Our system, and our relationship with you, is managed by…
Gene Kirila, Founder
Gene takes ideas and turns them into rapidly growing businesses. As the founder of Trep Systems, his current focus is on helping clients adopt our management operating system for aggressive growth companies.
We bring together the most effective processes, practices and habits from Kirila’s 25+ years of starting and growing companies. They are designed to help a company accelerate its growth, a transition many small firms never make.
Gene created VEC Technologies, which Fortune Magazine described as “the manufacturing counterpart of a McDonald’s hamburger outlet. It’s fast, inexpensive, efficient and environmentally friendly.” VEC has produced hundreds of millions of dollars in products for the marine, heavy truck, plumbing, agriculture, and energy management industries. In the short video below, you can see the extent to which it has revolutionized the boating industry.
With a $500 deposit from a customer, halfway through college, Gene and a friend started Pyramid Fitness Industries in a barn. Nine years later, it was a $44 million company.
He also launched Efficient Machine Tool Sales, which reached the number 13 slot on Inc. Magazine’s “Fastest Growing Companies” list.
He was the youngest person ever to receive the “Heroes in Manufacturing” award from Fortune Magazine. TIME Magazine labeled his VEC process a “revolution” and wrote that it “was to manufacturing what DOS was to the personal-computer business in its early days.”
His companies have been the recipients of the coveted Malcolm Baldrige finalist awards.
Jacque Kirila, Co-Founder / Product Manager
Jacque is accountable for TREP customers’ experience. With hands on knowledge of new product introduction and marketing, Jacque is bringing the TREP products, developed over 30 years, to entrepreneurs. She worked with a product innovation firm on the insights team. She is focused on innovation and process improvement. Passionate about observing and researching consumers’ needs, she has an energetic work style with strong communication skills learned through door to door sales. Committed to meeting and exceeding aggressive goals, her interest in product development grew from summer internships and collegiate entrepreneurial experiences. Jacque graduated with a Marketing degree from Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University and her curious mind leads to connections of consumers and industries.
Janice Schwanbeck, Client Experience Manager
Janice is responsible for ensuring that Trep clients consistently have an experience that exceeds their expectations. This stretches from your first contact with our firm, through day-to-day use of our tools and daily interactions with our team, all the way to your willingness to recommend our services to your peers.