Leupold Announces Team for New Tactical Optics Division
BEAVERTON, Ore. –-(AmmoLand.com)- In launching its new Tactical Optics Division, Leupold® has assembled a team with the military experience, combat optics knowledge and engineering expertise to meet battlefield and product service requirements around the world.
The division is led by Kevin Trepa, vice president of tactical sales and marketing. Trepa brings an extensive background in global military operations, business leadership and academic achievement.
Trepa’s active and reserve military career as a Marine Corps infantry officer spans 24 years. Commissioned as a second lieutenant after completing an ROTC scholarship at Boston University, his initial assignment to the 1st Marine Division in California included command at both the platoon and company levels. Trepa participated in numerous global deployments and participated in both conventional and special operations in Asia and the Middle East, including combat service in Desert Storm. While subsequently serving a tour in Washington, DC, he completed a master’s degree in national security studies at Georgetown University.
After leaving active duty, Trepa attended the University of California, San Diego, where he completed his international MBA with a focus on East Asia. He was subsequently employed by Sony Electronics, Inc. While at Sony, he remained in the Marine Reserves where he was promoted to Colonel in 2006. After 9/11, Trepa served two combat tours in Iraq and a tour in Eastern Africa. During his service in Iraq, he was the chief of operations and ran the Strategic Operations Center for General Petraeus in Baghdad, overseeing the day-to-day operations for the “surge.” Trepa’s combat decorations include four Air Medals with Combat “V” for valor and two Bronze Stars.
Trepa’s eight-year career at Sony included a series of senior management and executive positions in logistics, manufacturing, supply chain and sales operations. Prior to joining Leupold in 2009, he served as Sony’s vice president of global supply chain operations.
Other tactical division team members:
- Moe Bierig, tactical program manager. Bierig holds a degree in mechanical engineering, and is a registered professional engineer (PE) with a MBA from Northwestern University. His 10-year career at Leupold includes positions in research and development, quality assurance and engineering. Bierig served as assembly and packaging manager prior to joining the tactical division team. Prior to Leupold employment, he managed at the senior level for three companies. Bierig has an extensive background in the medical instrumentation industry. In addition, he spent three years in the Army Corp of Engineers in Southeast Asia.
- Ray Brock, tactical product line manager. Brock has more than 20 years experience as a project manager in the commercial and residential construction field. He joined Leupold in 2008.
- Christopher O’Connor, manager of the Leupold Tactical Division’s East Coast sales office. Hired by Leupold in January 2010, O’Connor recently retired from the U.S. Marine Corps at the rank of Colonel after serving more than 30 years. A former helicopter pilot, he spent the majority of his Marine Corps career in operational units stationed around the world. O’Connor’s last operational assignment was with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing where he served as the assistant wing commander. Prior to retiring, he worked as the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif., where he was recognized for his innovative leadership and management. O’Connor has a master’s degree in organizational management.
- Jeremiah Rowley, tactical sales specialist. Rowley served as a United States Marine for more than 10 years, with two combat tours in Iraq and various deployments to other countries as a combat engineer and an instructor in nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. He also served as a platoon sergeant, battalion operations and training NCO, range coach and range safety officer. Rowley joined Leupold in 2009.
- Steve Van Metre, tactical sales and training specialist. With a background in law enforcement and a long-time SWAT sniper, Van Metre runs “Team Leupold,” the company’s sponsored 3-gun team. He joined Leupold in 2008.
- Andrea Avolio, contracts specialist. Avolio was an enlisted member of the Oregon Army National Guard for six years. She is a graduate of Oregon State University, majoring in business administration. Avolio graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Ore., in 2007, and passed the 2008 Oregon State Bar examination. She is a current member of the Oregon State Bar. Avolio joined Leupold in 2009.
- Pamela Lo, marketing and business planner. Lo’s background includes experience with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service in the aviation and transportation department, and strategic business consultation. She received two degrees from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD): a BA in international economics and a Master’s in international business administration. Lo joined Leupold in 2009.
For more information on Leupold tactical optics, go to www.leupold.com.
Leupold & Stevens, Inc., the most prominent American-owned and -operated optics company, employs more than 600 people in its state-of-the-art facility near Beaverton, Ore., where rugged, dependable, high-performance Mark 4® and Golden Ring® sports optics are designed, machined and assembled. Leupold is a fifth-generation, family-owned company whose products are sold worldwide to law enforcement officers, special operations military personnel, hunters, wildlife observers and competitive shooters. The product line includes rifle, handgun and spotting scopes; binoculars; rangefinders; flashlights; mounting systems; and optical tools and accessories.
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