Joe grew up in Ottawa County in a family with seven boys. He earned degrees in Accounting and Marketing from Cedarville University and worked for a top 10 accounting firm. He then founded a technology company focused on building software for schools, colleges, and businesses.
Joe and his wife, Suzy, moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, for two years where Suzy taught music at an international Christian school and Joe operated his business from abroad. After returning to Ottawa County in 2012, Joe co-founded two more technology businesses. Joe and Suzy have a daughter and a son.
He became involved in local politics after Ottawa County threatened him and the parents at his child’s Christian School with fines and imprisonment for exercising their rights to determine the care and education of their children, and for not complying with certain COVID-19 mandates. The county eventually mandated the school to close for two weeks, and the school sued in federal court. The county attorney claimed the school and the school’s attorney had an “ignorant conservative political agenda.”
Since co-founding Ottawa Impact in early 2021, Joe has led the county in standing for freedom:
- Personally advocated with County Commissioners and the Ottawa GOP to rescind the county mask mandate on children, and obtained a Resolution passed by the Ottawa GOP condemning the Covid-19 restrictions on children.
- Created Ottawa Precall initiative to bring accountability to County Commissioners.
- Created a legal fund to support a group of parents suing the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners and Department of Public Health.
Joe serves as the President of Ottawa Impact and the Executive Director of Ottawa Impact PAC, a political action committee designed to find, vet, and support new leaders for Ottawa County. The PAC is raising money to support vetted candidates, including securing a $50K match challenge, and raising over $100K to date.