Joe is the Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Team at LEAP. Bringing experience from the Detroit and Chicago entrepreneurial communities, he assists startups and entrepreneurs, connecting them to resources and expertise from area mentors. As a lifelong entrepreneur himself, Joe began mentoring startups and entrepreneurs to help them avoid the pitfalls, setbacks and challenges he faced in his own ventures. He helps each startup he works with reach new levels of innovation and apply a different perspective or new thought to their product or service to open new markets and paths for success.
Prior to his time at LEAP, Joe served as a Technology Specialist for the Maker Studios project at the East Lansing Public Library, co-founded multiple startups and served as Production Manager at the first 3D printing retail/service hybrid store in the world. He is also a Startup Weekend winner and TEDx Labs presenter, and serves on the Michigan Business Innovation Association Board of Directors. Joe looks forward to continuing to help the Lansing region flourish.