Joe will tell you that his life growing up was pretty good; but really his sometimes tragic childhood experiences would shape him in a way that would make him a leader to others for the rest of his life.
Joe started his motivational speaking career while still in high school. While only a sophomore, Joe started the “Unity Club” in his high school in held public speaking events for his entire high school at least twice a year until graduation. His group fosters not only good will among the students in the high school, but creates paths for high school students to mentor younger grade school and middle school students; become roll models, and engage the community in non-profit events and positive impacting events.
Joe was both an athlete as a youth and in high school and college. Joe took home many awards and honors, and experienced big injuries. As an athlete, Joe ties in the highs and lows you can find easily associated with the themes that relate to the business world and public forums.
As a communication major / Psychology minor in college, Joe applies his strong understanding of the art of communication with the ability to “read and react” to his audiences to make his appearances very dynamic and emotionally charged. Joe has been asked to speak in front of groups as intimate as 20 to 30, and as large as over 25,000. Most of his engagements are with either students (ranging from elementary to college) or church / civic groups.
Professionally, Joe has worked mainly in television and radio. He did venture into public safety for 3 years as a nationally registered EMT-Intermediate during a period of personal growth that allowed him to really gain valuable lessons that he shares during his speaking engagements. Relating every day decisions with the very real impacts they have on the most unintentional of third parties.
Joe also has a long history of work with the American Red Cross where he has received awards such as Volunteer of the year from the United Way. Joe will tell you his work with the Red Cross certainly weighs heavily in his presentations.
To sum up, as a father, a husband, and a person who’s professional life has taken him in contact with countless others in unimaginable circumstances, Joe’s personal commitment to being a positive influence has provided a very dynamic and effective message.
“No matter the age, race, gender or circumstance of the audience, Joe’s message resonates. He puts you at ease and people like him; they relate to Joe. He makes each individual in the audience feel as if he’s talking to them directly. He’s very passionate about what he does.” – L.J. Harrison Prof. Education