Gene grew up in rural central Kansas, received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Fort Hays State University, and spent a decade in agriculture before moving his family to Abilene, where he began a career in sales. Frustrated with the often impersonal and transactional nature of his sales job, Gene was looking for a career where he "could make an impact in people's lives."
In 1989 he began his insurance and investment career, serving the financial needs of clients in Abilene and the surrounding region. Gene's wife, Debbie, joined the business in 1999, assisting Gene and building her own practice in group benefits and individual health insurance sales.
Bielefeld Insurance became a Strategic Financial Concepts affiliate in 2004. "I enjoyed working with the SFC team, many of whom I've known and worked with for years. It brought a refreshing breath of energy to my practice, because I was able to access additional experience in serving the needs of my clients. The quality of service is exceptional." Gene retired in 2020.