Gene is a project manager with 15+ years of experience managing healthcare technology and software development project portfolios. He began his professional career as an applications programmer for marketing research company Information Resources, Inc. after graduating with a Math and Computer Science degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His role eventually evolved into managing a team of software developers for projects utilizing mainframe, Unix, and desktop applications. In 2002, Gene’s career changed drastically when he and his wife opened a pediatric clinic in McAllen, Texas. He served as the practice administrator, where he developed procedures to ensure HIPAA and OSHA compliance. Gene was also in charge of the effort to convert the paper medical chart system into a state of the art Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system.
In 2013, Gene decided to switch back to software development by working at two software startup companies offering medical SaaS (Software as a service) solutions. He coached software development teams in Agile software principles, test-driven development and continuous integration. Gene also served as the project manager for a successful Cloud-to-Cloud integration effort with athenahealth, Inc. – a leading provider of electronic medical record software. He now works at USAA as a digital product owner of 2 enterprise software applications developed internally.
Gene is also a real estate investor with a portfolio of residential and commercial properties in the Rio Grande Valley. He formed Laguna Property Management, LLC based in San Antonio. He oversees all management operations and client communication when he is not at his day job.
In his free time, he enjoys traveling with May – his lovely bride of 23 years. Gene is also an avid cook and currently produces content for his YouTube cooking channel featuring modern Filipino cuisine.