Gene Valentino

Visionary ~ Strategist
Verijet Gene and Maureen Valentino with their two dogs and Verijet

Short-Bio About the GrassRoots TruthCast & Gene Valentino

The GrassRoots TruthCast, created by former Escambia County Florida Commissioner Gene Valentino, is a weekly broadcast from Pensacola, Florida.

Gene, an investment entrepreneur and avid pilot, is a founding member of VeriJet charter aviation and serves on the company’s Board of Directors. When he’s not in studio, Gene can usually be found in the skies over the Gulf of Mexico piloting his ICON A5.

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Note from Gene: “Folks, these are the salient chapters of my life that you may find interesting. Anyway, should I become interested in investing in your project, you may want to know who you’re ‘getting in bed’ with. Grab a drink. Sit back and enjoy!”

Founding President of CellularOne, pioneering visionary of the online payment industry, serial entrepreneur, local government leader, major motion picture award-winning executive producer, race car driver, recreational pilot, Dive Master, Adjunct Professor at Pensacola State College, has interests in real estate, hospitality industry, life sciences, and remarkably nice guy. Gene M. Valentino shares some of his life story with us on the Remarkable People Podcast.

Gene’s story is filled with sound business knowledge, professional tips, and key life lessons that we can all use to “succeed” in life. 

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Gene’s Story


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More of Gene’s Story

Community Leader Michael Jones Invites Gene to Speak Spontaneously at a Neighborhood Gathering

We used to call these meetings precinct leader meetings. Friday night at his home in Beach Haven, Michael Jones had over 50 people for a neighborhood event. It was for Steven Stroberger and Michael Kohler. Michael and Steven asked me to attend. Everything in this video was spontaneous. Enjoy!


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Doing “the right thing” is not always easy. It’s not always thought to be wise, most profitable, or popular. Doing the right thing has more to do with “COURAGE”; forged from the principles and beliefs given to you by your parents. There’s an ole’ saying I’ve adopted, “The Politician will tell you what you want to hear. The Leader will tell you what you need to know.” And, telling you what you need to know may not be popular”. So, my Accomplishments here do not show you things I’ve walked away from. As a result, I left A LOT of money on the table. However, God is good! He rewarded me with more wealth than I can speak of with a conscience that is pure and clear. I sleep well at night. I wish for you the same!”

Here are just some of the highlights and accomplishments of Gene M. Valentino (in reverse chronological order):

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In 2020, complementing this focus, Gene has joined Pensacola State College as an Adjunct Professor.  Gene teaches baccalaureate degree business courses in business entrepreneurship.

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In 2019 Gene created Valentino Holdings, LLC.  It was formed to provide a conduit for other aspiring entrepreneurs to incubate new and innovative ideas.  The focus includes, but is not limited to, aviation, real estate, medical vaccine technology, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality.  Since the Corona Virus Pandemic, Valentino Holdings has broadened its focus to become a business entrepreneurial think tank. Valentino Holdings invests in supply chain network solutions that protect America’s social-political and economic interests.

In June 2016, CSI merged with JetPay Corporation.  As Chief Strategy Officer, Gene focused on strategic mergers and acquisitions while seeking partner relationships, promoting geometric growth.  The strategy expanded to HR & payroll, banking services, and credit card merchant services. In December 2018 JetPay was acquired by NCR for $185-million.

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His work in the community mirrors his successes in business. From 2006-2014, Gene Valentino served as County Commissioner in Escambia County Florida where he provided over $200 million of improvements in the county and designed the county’s first economic development incentives through ordinances of law. Click here to see the short list of Gene’s accomplishments as Escambia County Commissioner.

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In 2015 Gene produced “Minutes To Midnight” a Hollywood horror/thriller movie starring William Baldwin, Richard Grieco, and William Mosley. Available through iTunes and Amazon.


In 1999, Gene created CollectorSolutions, Inc. (CSI) in Pensacola, Florida. Gene’s focus at that time was online payment processing for the government, not-for-profit, and utility sectors. As acceptance grew with online payments, Gene expanded this payment processing technology to commercial sectors as well. By the end of 2015, his operation was processing over $5-billion in transactions per year.

Cellular One Logo Gene ValentinoIn 1988, Gene obtained one of the first rural cellular telephone company licenses from the FCC and became President of CellularOne in central California. His strategic growth plan resulted in the sale of the company for over $120-million in 1996.

Accredited Advisor in Insurance Gene ValentinoIn 1982-1985, Gene was an Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI) and taught the insurance licensing courses at the Connecticut Independent Insurance Agents Association in Hartford, Connecticut.

How Gene Valentino paid his way through college. Acting in nationally televised commercials for Stridex Medicated Pads and the US Navy. Check out and enjoy Gene’s commercials in this short video below!

U.S. Navy and Stridex Medicated Pads Commercials Featuring Gene Valentino

Drone Footage of Gene’s New Man Cave and Hangar.✈️ SUPER COOL! ?

“No one can know the potential of a life that is committed to win;

With COURAGE ~ the challenge it faces;

To achieve great success in the end! …”

– Gene M. Valentino | Visionary ~ Strategist