Who We Are Our Team
Gene Conese
Managing Partner and Co-Founder


In addition to his management responsibilities of Gridiron Capital, Gene is a Member of the Investment Committee for Fund 1, Fund 2 and Fund 3, and focuses on new investment opportunities, due diligence, and value creation at current portfolio companies.

Gene currently serves on the boards of Essential Cabinetry Group, Tokyo Joe’s, and HM Dunn. Gene previously served on the boards of several Gridiron Capital partnerships, including: PAS Technologies, Inc., McKenzie Sports Products, Electronic Systems Protection, Yellowstone Landscape Group, Engage2Excel, Performance Health and Wellness, Quality Solutions and Motion Recruitment Partners.


Gene has wide-ranging experience as a senior operating executive and has successfully built several businesses in the capacity of President, and Chief Operating Officer or Chief Executive Officer. Since 1998, he has been a private equity investor in smaller middle-market companies where he has executed a successful investment strategy of identifying companies with strong core businesses and potential market leadership. He has worked closely with the management teams of these businesses, supporting their operational and marketing strategies. These businesses have led the changes in their market and created value for their customers, employees and shareholders.

Prior to co-founding Gridiron, he was President and Chief Operating Officer, a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee of Greenwich Air Services, Inc. He led Greenwich Air from a single facility with 400 employees to become the world’s largest independent provider of repair, refurbishment, overhaul and maintenance for gas turbine engines. Gene took Greenwich Air public in 1993 and, in 1997, sold the business to General Electric in a negotiated transaction valued at $1.5 billion.

Prior to Greenwich Air, Gene was President of Haskon Corporation, a leading supplier of silicone rubber seals for the aerospace industry, and EPCO Technologies, a leading supplier of specialty packaging supplies to the consumer products industry. He sold both of these companies in 1989 to a U.S. subsidiary of BTR, plc. He has served as board member and a member of the Audit Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee for a NYSE-listed company and is an active board member of several private companies.

Education & Personal

Gene received a B.A. in economics from Denison University. Gene enjoys spending time with his family, and is an avid golfer and enjoys boating.