Gene Kirila takes ideas and turns them into rapidly growing businesses. As the founder of Trep Systems, his current focus is on helping clients adopt TrepOS, which he calls a management operating system for aggressive growth companies.
TrepOS brings 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 and transition them which 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.” It is currently a $350 million company.
With a $500 deposit from a customer, halfway through college, he and a friend started Pyramid Fitness Machines 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. Gene is an alumnus of the highly competitive Birthing of Giants program sponsored by MIT, INC. Magazine and the Entrepreneur’s Organization.