Gene joined Crossmark in May, 2021, originally from Alexandria, LA, but moved to West Monroe, LA in 1973 to attend Northeast La. University (now ULM). He obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees – first one in Management / Marketing in 1977 and the 2nd in Accounting in 1982. He passed the Uniform CPA exam in 1984 and continued with Accounting responsibilities in the banking industry for 10 years before moving on to CFO positions in the manufacturing sector, with over 30 years collectively in the polyethylene (plastics) industry, 6 years in the military tactical vehicle and repair industry for the United States Army, and the last 4 years in the structural steel manufacturing industry. When not fishing in the spring and summer and deer hunting in the fall and winter, Gene loves to travel with his wife, Jeanette, in their diesel motorhome to see as many sites in the lower US as possible.