Born and raised in central New Jersey, Mr. Cunningham received his B.S. degree from Villanova University. Upon graduation Gene served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps until 1988. For the past 28 years he has served clients as a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch. Gene holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designation and is a graduate of the Donald T. Regan School of Advanced Financial Management. He is a Senior Vice President within the Wealth Management division and a frequent lecturer to other Merrill Lynch Financial Advisors throughout southern California. Gene is a member of Merrill Lynch’s Chairman’s Club and Charles E. Merrill Circle in recognition of his client focus, performance, and integrity. He has been recognized as one of America’s Top 100 Financial Consultants by On Wall Street magazine and resides in San Diego with his wife Mary and their children Patrick and Claire. Gene is actively involved in community affairs, particularly those involving children and veterans organizations. He has served on the Del Mar Little League board of directors and has coached more than 20 youth sports teams.