Joe graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago with a B.S. in Professional and Technical Communications with a specialization in web communication and minor in business. During his collegiate swimming career Joe won an NJCAA division national championship in the 100-meter backstroke as well as a NAIA national championship for a relay and runner-up for the 100-meter fly stroke.
Upon graduation he worked as a swim coach for Glenbrook Aquatics. Joe then moved back to Iowa from Chicago and worked in sales and support for Godaddy, LLC before working as a systems analyst for Transamerica/AEGON.
Today his hobbies include triathlons, masters swimming, playing rugby for the Cedar Rapids Headhunters, and lifting heavy metal objects in the gym.