Gene G. Veno earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from Elizabethtown College and a master’s degree in public administration from Marywood University in Scranton. Veno was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in December 15, 2007 from National University of Health Sciences located in Lombard, Illinois.
In Scranton, he served on the Scranton School Board, and Chairman of the Government Study Commission and ran for Mayor of Scranton in 1981, losing by a close margin – less than 1% of the vote in the General Election. After public service, Mr. Veno was appointed by Governor Dick Thornburgh in 1984 to a state-wide position as Secretary of The Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board, overseeing a $1.3 billion dollar industry.
Upon relocating to Harrisburg in 1989, Veno established Veno & Associates , a governmental policy and lobbying firm. On both a state and national level, Veno developed a specialty niche in representing many business entities such as Coventry Corporation, Gnaden Hospital, Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, Occupational Athletics Incorporated, Doctors of Psychology, Pharmacists, insurance companies, and nutritional retail chains and many corporate boards. In addition to the consulting practice, Mr. Veno was an adjunct professor at Lebanon Valley College and Harrisburg Area Community College where he taught marketing and business management classes. He was awarded the Nevelyn J. Kinsley Award in 2002 at the Lebanon Valley College commencement exercise.
On December 12, 2012, Veno was appointed as the Harrisburg School District Chief Recovery Officer by Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Ronald J. Tomalis. Veno is tasked with establishing a fiscal recovery plan for the district, which was declared in moderate financial recovery status by the state.