A Message From Gene
“Bradenton is growing and with growth comes challenges. I know we can keep taxes low, manage growth effectively and allow Bradenton’s story of prosperity to continue. Our top priorities are to protect our quality of life and public safety. Bradenton has a bright future and I’m asking for our entire community to rally with us to keep that future bright”
Gene Brown is serving his third term on the Bradenton City Council. He has a unique perspective as a businessman in our community as he is the Vice President and COO of Brown & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory; which has served the community since 1975.
Public service has always been important to Gene as he has an extensive history with the Boys and Girls Clubs. He served as the President and as a board member for the DeSoto Boys and Girls Club from 1989-1997 and was named Board Member of the year in 1997. He served on the Boys and Girls Clubs Corporate from 1993-2018. In 2000, Gene became a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County Foundation Board of Directors, currently serving his second year as chairman and in 2006 was awarded the Boys and Girls Clubs of America National Medallion Award.
Gene has a local presence in the youth sports scene as well. He has coached Manatee West Little League, Manatee Girls Softball, Manatee Twisters Travel Softball, Manatee High School Varsity Softball, Manatee High School Junior Varsity Football, and Bradenton Christian Lady Panther Varsity Softball. He serves on the Manatee High School Radio Crew from 1989 to present and on the Broadcasters Board of Directors and is Past President of the Manatee High School Football Booster Club.
Additionally, Mr. Brown was named Florida Area Council Board Member of the Year in 2004, and served as a Community Service Officer for the City of Bradenton. He served as a member and Chairman of the City of Bradenton Police Pension Board from 1992-2000 and as a member and Chairman of the City of Bradenton Merit Board from 1995-2000.
A graduate of the Citizens Police Academy, he also served on the Manatee County Sheriff's Advisory Committee.
He prepared for his career at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA, where he earned his A.S. Degree in Mortuary Science in 1989. A graduate of Bayshore High School, he also attended Mars Hill (N.C.) College and Manatee Community College, where he earned an Associate’s Degree.
Gene has been married for 31 years to Gina. He and his wife have two grown children Ryan and Rachel and a grandson.