- Programming Director
- The Thinker
As The Thinker, Joe seeks to develop logical explanations for everything he interacts with. He loves the theoretical and abstract and he is generally interested more in ideas than in social interaction. He is quiet, contained, flexible, adaptable and has an unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems. Interestingly, however, Joe is also a teacher at heart, and welcomes opportunities to share his expertise with those who have a strong aptitude but lack of experience in programming.
Joe is a native of Northeast Ohio. He and his wife, Michelle, have two sons in elementary school. When Joe isn’t spending time with his family or knee-deep in code for work or fun, he can be found at his local Taekwondo Dojang where he has been training for a long, long time. He's also an amateur tuba player, sketch artist, comic book aficionado, stealth humorist, and both student and master of anything he tries. He claims he’s an “agnostic” when it comes to bucket-lists, and instead focuses his energy on living mindfully in the present.
Joe studied Art Education at Case Western University in Cleveland. When he was pursued to “fill in the gaps” at a friend’s start-up, Joe stumbled upon his true calling: programming. “I learned how to make a cursor look like falling water, and I was like, ‘Yep, this is pretty cool. I want to do this.’” He started by simply playing with 3D modeling and adding silly effects to websites, but was soon eager to learn more. And so, he taught himself how to code. “There was a lot of opportunity for me to find out what I’m capable of in that way.” Though he’s now been programming for nearly 20 years, Joe has never stopped wanting to learn more and more. And while he loves this infinite potential and creativity web development allows, he’s come to enjoy the service it provides others more than anything else. “I love when I can spend only one hour doing a task that would take someone else 50.”
Joe is the Programming Director of ipso.
- Building UI: HTML // CSS // Ajax
- Compile: C# // Java
- Web : Apache // Nginx // Node.js // IIS
- Data: MySQL // MS SQL // Postgres // MongoDB
- Interoperate: SOAP // REST
- Programming open source platforms such as Wordpress, Drupal, & Umbraco as well as the eCommerce platform, Magento.
- Deep experience in programming of API integrations between websites and various databases.
As ipsoCreative's Programming Director, Joe serves as our head of all things programming. He is extremely talented and welcomes any technical challenges a client may present. He has been taming the wild world of computers since he could walk. Well, okay, since computers could fit inside your home.
Joe further brings his understated, multi-faceted, determined, teacher-oriented, and generous personality to wherever he is. He regularly passes on his extensive programming knowledge to the rest of the ipsonians and to interns.
Q&A with Joe
What's the best part of your story so far?
I love that I married the woman of my dreams and enjoy getting to be a part of raising our two energetic little boys.
What organization or company inspires you and why?
I love what the Warriors of Destiny Rescue do. They are fierce lovers of justice and have great faith in what they believe. They will lay their lives down for their faith. Truly inspiring.
What is something no one would ever believe to be true about you?
I play the tuba.
What are you passionate about related to the work you do in serving others?
I am determined to figure out the neatest, most stream-lined solution to a technology challenge. I'm passionate about keeping things simple and realistic.
What are you doing when you feel most like you?
Catching up on the latest comic books, sketching, reconfiguring my Linux machines.
In an alternative life, what would you want to give a try?
Comic book illustrating.
What does flourishing mean to you?
To increase, and to be able to weather storms.
What aspect of ipso's culture resonates with you the most?
What we do defines who we are. The exact people that we have, the leadership that’s provided… we’re such an amalgam of these things, all of which define who we are and our “culture.”