Gene has been involved in building great technology companies in the DC area as both an operating executive and as a venture capitalist for longer than he’ll admit to. And, he’s been involved in helping young people in a variety of ways. As the Vice Chairman and an executive of EverFi, he gets to pursue both of these passions at the same time. Gene was a General Partner of Valhalla Partners, one of the leading venture capital firms in the mid-Atlantic region. Prior to co-founding Valhalla Partners in 2002, he was co-founder and Managing Director of FBR Technology Venture Partners. He was named to the first annual AlwaysOn "Venture Capital 100" list in 2010. Gene is also a co-founder of the MindShare program, the leading mentoring organization for technology entrepreneurs in the greater Washington area. Prior to his venture capital life, he joined four early-stage ventures, all of which went public. Gene has a B.S. degree from Penn State and an MBA from Loyola College. He has served as a guest lecturer at the Harvard Business School, University of Chicago, and Georgetown University. At Penn State, Gene was a leader in building THON, which is now the largest student-run philanthropic event in the world, raising over $10 million each year to fight childhood cancer. He also is on the board of the Tewaaraton Foundation, where he is chairman of the Native American committee, which provides college scholarships for young leaders in the Native American community. Gene coaches youth sports in Virginia, but none of the hundreds of kids he’s coached have ever pronounced his name correctly. Gene and his wife have 4 kids (and 1 grandson!) and live in McLean, VA.