After graduating from Washburn University with a degree in business and finance, Gene signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Three years later, Gene signed with the Green Bay Packers who allocated him to the Montreal Machine of the World Football League. After being released from the Packers, Gene began his career in the jewelry industry.
Gene spent less than a year working for an independent jeweler in Topeka, KS before moving to Kansas City. He managed a prominent Kansas City jewelry store before deciding to start House of Diamonds in 1995. Gene recognized an opportunity for an independent jewelry store and design facility.
His passion for the design and manufacturing side of the jewelry business drove him to build a store with an emphasis on traditional jewelry craft and the exciting new technologies emerging in our industry. Gene also has an education from the Gemological Institute of America. Gene is married to Karen and they have three daughters, Alexis, Reagan and Tallia.