Vice President of Talent and Education
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Gene joined MadREP in February, 2013. In his role with the organization Gene oversees strategic-related activities in the arenas of education, workforce development, diversity and inclusion, and fostering communication among the private sector, education and workforce development communities. He is also responsible for driving MadREP’s business retention and expansion efforts in partnership with economic development partners, ensuring that the region’s database for people, place and prosperity information is maintained, and serving as the primary MadREP liaison with local chambers of commerce, educational institutions and workforce development boards. Selected activities led by Gene include managing the Inspire Madison Region workforce development initiative, coordinating MadREP’s planning and participation in the annual Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit, and managing the annual Madison Region Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Survey.
Prior to joining MadREP, Gene served as executive director of the Sauk County Development Corporation (SCDC). In that role, he promoted economic development efforts in Sauk County by facilitating business start-ups, job retention, company expansions, and recruitment of businesses.
Before his tenure at SCDC, Gene served as the executive director of the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce for several years and before that as the director of community relations and marketing at a college, communications specialist with a state department of commerce, and independent strategic planning facilitator/consultant.
Gene’s education includes a M.A. in anthropology and B.B.A. in business administration/marketing, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organizational Management program. He has served on several professional boards including, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Athens Institute for Organization Management, the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin, as president for the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives, and as a founding member of the Sauk County Institute of Leadership.
A product of the upper Midwest, Gene has resided in Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois in addition to Wisconsin. Gene and his wife have three children and two well-fed, spoiled dogs.