Gene holds a Bachelor’s degree from Linfield College in McMinnville Oregon majoring in Business Management and Information Systems Design. He also is an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives and is an International Airport Professional with the Airport Councils International. Currently, Gene is obtaining the University of Illinois Springfield’s Masters of Public Administration degree.
Gene loves outdoor activities including competing in triathlons and running events as well as riding bikes and motorcycles for pleasure. He likes to be active in the community and participates regularly in local events.
Mr. Wanzek is a retired US Air Force Colonel, having served his country on active duty for over 30 years. “Colonel” Wanzek is a Command Pilot and flew a variety of trainer and cargo aircraft, including the C-141, C-5, and C-137 (Air Force 2). He was the Commander of the C-137 squadron and the Deputy Commander of the Support Group at Andrews AFB, MD; the Vice Commander of Dover AFB, DE; and the Commander of the Air Force ROTC Detachment at the University of Illinois. Colonel Wanzek also had the honor of serving on President Ronald Reagan’s White House advance staff during Mr. Reagan’s second term.
Mr. Wanzek received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.