Gerald is originally from Platte Center, Nebraska and moved with his family to Oregon when his father was in the Army. He went to school in Newberg and originally owned an auto parts store, Macken Auto. He has worked at Ernst since 2001. He loves working on old cars and has a 1952 Ford hardtop and a 1936 Ford sedan delivery. He has a son who lives in Newberg, a daughter who lives in Tigard and a daughter who lives in Napa California. His wife was a nurse at Newberg hospital for 40 years.