Jason Petro, founder of Up-Rev, which is a GrowFL 2017 Florida Companies to Watch honoree, always knew he wanted to be both an entrepreneur and an engineer.
"It's always been my dream to have my own business since I was a little kid," he said. "So as I progressed in my career, I went to a product development company similar to what we are now. I worked closely with the owners and established a very good relationship with them. I was fortunate to have good mentors to learn from and support me in my own endeavors. After 10 years with them, they sold the company. I was fortunate enough to be a shareholder and used that money to start Up-Rev."
Up-Rev is a product development and engineering services company that works with customers who range from entrepreneurs and startups to large companies that need engineering support for developing products to get to market.
"Our mission is to enable our customers to see their ideas come to life and impact the world," Petro explained. "Our differentiator is that we pay very close attention to detail on the look and feel of the product and spend a lot of time up front to understand the client's vision for the industrial design of the product. We capture the vision of our client and work in lockstep with them along the length of the project. Communication at all steps of the process is critical. We can also leverage our relationships in the manufacturing industry to connect our clients to the manufacturer that best suits their needs."
Petro says being recognized as a GrowFL Company To Watch has energized him and his team.
"It's tremendous," he said. "The exposure we've received has been fantastic locally and across the state. It's sparked a new vibe and life in the company that was already growing and made it that much more exciting for us."
Petro advises aspiring entrepreneurs to read Good to Great by Jim Collins.
"Surround yourself and learn from those around you who you trust and who are successful," he said. "I was able to build upon valuable lessons from mentors, peers, and my teammates throughout my career. Also, surround yourself with the right type of people who are like minded and support your core values as company and a person."