He is a proven leader and achiever in business and non - profit industries. Strategic planning while building positive relationships is what he does best. Whether working with key stakeholders to understand their needs or developing systems and processes that create operational excellence, he consistently performs at high levels. Equally important is his ability to help individuals and teams explore and grow their potential by assessing who they are, where they are, understanding their goals, and then oversee the implementation of the strategy until they achieve their desired outcome.
He is a Christian, husband (since 2002), father (since 2005), author (SuperPencilSaga.com), and a John Maxwell Team certified Life Coach who is passionate about helping others realize their greatest potential.
Eugene earned a Bachelors from Michigan State University, majoring in Child Development with an emphasis on Family & Community Services. He achieved a Masters from Oakland University (Rochester, MI) in Public Administration and a second Master’s degree in Leadership from Trinity International University.
Eugene started his professional career as an Intake Social Worker for a Foster Care agency in Michigan. He transitioned into Corporate America and progressed into leadership and was relocated from Michigan to Illinois. After 10 years in Corporate America, he resigned to work in full-time ministry, where he is an Executive Administrator for a non-profit organization, since 2009.
Eugene L. Gatewood and Micah E. Gatewood are the father-son duo behind Super Pencil. Ten-year-old Micah dreamed up the major plot points and based the protagonist on himself. Eugene helped him craft and expand his story.
Super Pencil is a realistic fiction, coming of age story about a boy growing up in the suburbs who is forced to navigate finding friends, fitting in, feeling lonely, and reacting to being bullied. From fourth grade boys to middle school girls, or a parent wanting to spend quality time with their child (ren), Super Pencil is a non-stop adventure that will make you laugh, think, cry, and then cheer for the good guy.
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