Gene Lunger is the Executive Vice President of Retail Operations (Ashley HomeStores) for the global manufacturer, Ashley Furniture Industries. Ashley is the world’s largest manufacturer of furniture, and the #1 home furnishings retailer in North America. Gene’s responsibilities encompass Licensed Store Operations, Business Development, Licensee Marketing and Retail Education. As a 30+ year home furnishings retailer, Gene’s approach to leadership has been influenced heavily by a lifetime of adventure in the outdoors, stretching and growing his personal comfort zone climbing mountains across the United States. The lessons learned at altitude give him a unique perspective on life, business growth, survival and success in a wildly evolving retail environment. Gene resides in Ft Lauderdale Florida with his wife Canicia.