Gene is a military veteran with over a decade of service in the US Navy and DHS with a law enforcement specialization. He came to the lending industry in Chicago in 2001. He worked his way from loan officer to general manager in 3 years, eventually leading a team of over 120 loan officers on Michigan Avenue through the real estate boom. In 2007, he managed another mortgage company in Chicago to great success by refocusing his team to concentrate on referral relationships with financial professionals before the crash in 2008. Following the mortgage overhaul, Gene, like many of his industry peers, sought to reinvent themselves in the workplace. Never far from sales, between 2008 – 2014, Gene became an entrepreneur, helming a medical company, developing Android/iOS applications, and an insurance company before arriving in Las Vegas to sell integrated commercial security solutions. In 2016, Gene and his wife Venus were referred to Andrew Leavitt by their realtor, Nalei Piena. They became close friends through the process, and in 2020, shortly after COVID-19 and a round of lay-offs, Gene went to work for his friend at PIF Lending. Gene likes to write screenplays in his spare time, hone his sales ability, and visit old churches when traveling.