Gene takes ideas and turns them into rapidly growing businesses. As the founder of TREP 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.
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 in a box” 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 Baldridge finalist awards.
Ginger is an entrepreneur who originated Enhanced Business Solutions [EBS] in 1990. As President of EBS, she specializes in information technology systems training for small business. Before EBS, she was an accountant focused on software implementation. Ginger has a double major in Computer Science and Economics graduating from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA in 1986. She also has a degree in accounting from Youngstown State University.
Margaret Leon has spent over 35 years in the Hospitality Industry. As a results-focused and service driven professional she worked her way through nearly every position in the Hospitality business. Her last position was as a Senior Project Manager/Owner’s Representative - for Driftwood Capital. She handled all new construction related hotel projects for the company and acted as the owner’s representative during all phases of the developments. Prior to joining the Driftwood Capital team, Margaret was the Director of Operations for Driftwood Hospitality Management (a sister company) for 10 years. She analyzed the day-to-day operations of each property, while also handling all coordination during the acquisition and disposition of Driftwood hotels, conducting due diligence on new purchases or sales of assets, finalizing new builds, renovation, and rebranding of hotels, and working with other management companies and ownership groups to facilitate smooth transitions. Margaret got her start working for Servico/Lodgian Hotels in various positions that lead to her eventually being both a General Manager of an upscale hotels as well as a Regional General Manager for multiple properties.
Margaret is committed to building positive relationships and promoting synergy across all levels to achieve goals and objectives.