Gene Klein joined Barker Blueprint Co. in 1979 and worked in every phase of the company until 1989, when he became president. From the start, Gene put BarkerBlue on the front lines of innovation. With Gene’s oversight, BarkerBlue was the first company in its space to convert completely to digital equipment in 1997, the first to host an electronic planroom in 2001, and one of the first in the San Francisco Bay Area to install a major solar array, in 2007. BarkerBlue also was an early adopter of eco-friendly imaging technology which enabled its expansion into interior environmental graphics for today’s tech, health care, education and event spaces. The company is currently innovating in its professional services division, offering onsite and remote risk management solutions for major construction projects.
In 2000, Gene helped co-found ReproMAX, which has grown to become the world’s largest association of independent specialists in visual communications, with over 90 member companies in 245 locations. Gene serves on the ReproMAX Board of Directors to this day, where his passion is to help the association’s members navigate the disruption economy. Gene is also a member of AIIM, a global community of information specialists, wherein he earned accreditation as a CIP (Certified Information Professional).
In addition, Gene served on the board of the San Mateo Police Athletic League and also the advisory board of United American Bank, which was recently purchased by Heritage Commerce Corporation. He received a BA in English Literature from Stanford University in 1979.