Eugene Franklin was born August 19, 1948, in Ethel, Louisiana and moved to New Orleans in 1953. Gene attended grade school and high school in Metairie, Louisiana. He graduated from East Jefferson High School in 1967. Following graduation, Gene worked as a furniture warehouse supervisor and attended college at night.
Gene enlisted in the United States Navy in 1969, and served a total of 27 years active duty. Gene retired in Pensacola, Florida after serving command tour as Officer-in-Charge of Naval Air Training Management Support Activity Pensacola, Florida with the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1996.
After the military, Gene founded Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company. He serves as the Founding President and CEO of the Florida Black Chamber of Commerce, a National Black Chamber affiliate, headquartered in Pensacola, Florida. Gene is Known statewide as a Christian and Community Activist; a driving force behind the state’s cultural economic development movement and the creation of financial institutional infrastructure that benefit disadvantaged and underserved communities. Gene Franklin is also an ordained minister and serves as an associate pastor for a local church and as the lead evangelist of a local ministry.