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, he signed with the Green Bay Packers. Following his time with the Packers, Gene left football to apply his business and finance degree 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 the local need for a true custom jewelry design and finishing studio that could complete a piece from design to delivery while never leaving the shop.
His passion for the design and manufacturing side of the jewelry business drove him to build a store with an emphasis on one-of-a-kind custom jewelry, uncompromising quality and service, and breakthrough technologies in jewelry design and craftsmanship. Gene also has certifications from the Gemological Institute of America. Gene is married to Karen and they have three daughters, Alexis, Reagan, and Tallia.