Joe was born and raised on a small family farm outside Stanley WI. During his time at UW-Stout, he was a part of several organizations including Phi Sigma Phi National Fraternity, Inter-Greek Council (where he served as President), represented Greek Life in the Stout Student Association, UW-Stout Honors Program and American Welding Society. He was also a Lab Tech for the welding and machining labs on campus. After spending some time working as a Quality Engineer, he accepted a position at IDS as a Mechanical Designer to apply skills learned at UW-Stout. He is most comfortable with working with his hands and loves to see the transition from an idea to a prototype.