While living in the nearby town of Oden, Arkansas, Gene began working at Camp Ozark in 1979 while still in High School. In 1984 Gene joined Sam and Susan Torn for their inaugural year as owners of Camp Ozark, serving as the camp program director. Except for a short stint in the Peace Corp, Gene has worked at Camp Ozark every summer since 1979.
Gene oversees the entire Camp Ozark facility, including maintenance and new construction. In addition, Gene oversees all camp office operations, including camper registration.
Gene has a gift for managing complex projects, complimented by his great attention to detail and his unwavering commitment to getting things right, in every way, all the time. Gene loves the challenges of working at Camp Ozark, and is particularly passionate about creating new facilities and attractions the campers will really enjoy.
Growing up in Arkansas, Gene has long had a passion for the outdoors and hunting. Gene also loves garage sales and auctions, and is always on the prowl for the next great find.
Gene met his wife, Amy, at Camp Ozark when they were both members of the summer staff. Married in 1988, they have 3 children – Ginny, Callie and Will. Gene and Amy are both very active with their family as well as the local community.