Gene began his career working for Westinghouse Security Systems in Washington. While there, he collaborated with the U.S. Secret Service to provide security solutions for The White House, Camp David and four presidential residences. In 1972, he founded Kastle Systems International LLC, a security systems service company, which he grew into a business with revenues in excess of $50 Million. He sold Kastle in 2007.
Gene has been profiled in dozens of nationally recognized newspapers and magazines. He has learned every aspect of business including mastering the art of managing people, customer service, developing and following strategic plans and knowing when to listen to employees.
Gene now spends much of his time vetting new entrepreneurial ideas. In 1999, he received Ernst & Young’s “Master Entrepreneur of the Year” award and was named one of the Top Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2005 by Security Sales & Integration. He is a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at Georgetown University, has taught an extension course at American University titled “The Successful Entrepreneur” and lectures on entrepreneurship at Cornell University. He received a BEE in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1964 and in 1982 completed the Owner President Management executive program at Harvard Business School.
Gene is on the Board of Directors of Arena Stage in Washington, is a member of the Gridiron Club and is listed in Marquis Who’s Who.