Tarek Kirschen’s Miami based company, V12 Health, does exactly what their slogan says: they make Gloves. However, the official “We Make Gloves” slogan the “O” is substituted with a heart. Tarek came up with the playful slogan to communicate two messages. One, that V12 Health literally manufactures gloves. And two, that his company is committed to spreading love. After all, where would our national healthcare system be without medical gloves and gowns during this pandemic?
Gloves, gowns, and other protective equipment serve as the first lines of defense between physicians and patients. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Kirschen’s gloves and gowns have provided a high quality and reliable solution to the consistent shortages faced by healthcare providers.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Kirschen has stayed true to his mission to put the “love” into glove-making and has donated thousands of face-masks, gloves, and gowns to institutions around Miami. Additionally, even as the pandemic surged, V12 Health managed to create jobs in America with over forty employees currently working at his Miami office and around the country.
“We’ve also donated thousands of gloves, masks and gowns to fire departments and police departments.” Kirschen told Impact Wealth, “Some of our employees are related to policemen and firemen, some of them have connections to Broward College, and all these places were short on PPE supplies during the Covid crisis. We sent Broward College 2,000 gloves, 500 masks, and 200 face shields. We gave 100’s of gowns and 1,000’s of gloves to firefighters, some departments got 100’s of masks per station in Miami. We have a mission to make gloves and spread love.”
As a natural-born entrepreneur hailing from Germany, Kirschen has been hustling since childhood. He bought his first Porsche at 18-years old, which was partially funded by a car sales operation he started as a teen. Kirschen loves cars, even his company name “V12 Health” is a nod to one of his favorite automobile engines – the 12-cylinder engine. But since moving to America, Kirschen had to give up Porsches to adapt to our 55-mph speed limits “I’ve always had a Porsche until I moved to the us because you know in Germany you don’t have a speed limit.” Kirschen told Impact Wealth “I had to adjust to a 55mph speed limit that’s why the company is called V12 because it relates to the V12 engine that I love.”
The glove business didn’t draw Kirschen in until Covid-19 hit. With the onset of the virus, Kirschen saw a need to fill and his entrepreneurial senses started tingling. “As an entrepreneur you need to keep on trying and look for new ideas, if something doesn’t work move on to the next one. If you’re convinced you have a better solution, go for it. There are a lot of skeptics out there and sometimes you have to go with your gut,” says Kirschen. Sometime in early 2020, Kirschen’s gut told him to pursue the medical supply business after his wife was having trouble procuring N-95 masks. “It’s my wife’s fault,” said Kirschen, “I was in Europe before the pandemic started and got the last flight out of Europe – Covid wasn’t a public emergency in America yet. My wife said ‘hey I need a mask,’ so because I’ve been manufacturing in China for many years, I called my factory and asked if they knew anybody who had masks, luckily, they sent me 2,000, which I gave to some of my friends. I called my friends and said I have N-95s. One thing led to another and I started producing nitrile gloves too.”
Since launching in 2020, V12 Health has exploded as a rapidly growing medical supply company. With over forty employees, factories around the world, and headquarters in Miami, V12 Health has emerged as a strong competitor to some leading medical supply companies. Kirschen says “success comes down to quality and production, what goes in it – ingredients, process, design. This is a higher end product, we use thicker material so it will break less, it’s a higher end product in terms of manufacturing and the ingredients and the research that went into developing our production line.”
Kirschen’s line of gloves and gowns was constructed with top engineering tactics, strict quality controls, and adherence to international and US standards. With headquarters in Miami and offices in Frankfurt, Istanbul, and Shenzhen, Kirschen’s rapidly growing company is looking to expand into Latin America in the Second Quarter of 2021.