Joe grew up and still lives in Lombard, IL. He went to school for computer science and engineering but his night job working in bars and restaurants drew him in to the hospitality and event business. His natural organizing and leadership skills soon led to solid jobs as General Manager and Entertainment Director for several establishments. Never one to sit still, Joe started to moonlight (can you moonlight from a bar gig?) as a beverage manager for festivals – including several for Ravenswood. As an event manager, he helped grow Elmhurst’s Rock the Block Festival into a two day extravaganza with more than 20K attendees. Eventually, his side jobs grew in size and frequency until he found himself with two full time gigs – and little or no sleep.
When the Operations Director position opened up at Ravenswood, Joe pushed us for an interview and we’re glad he did. His big festival experience running large crews (Spring Awakening, Mamby on the Beach) and his familiarity with our events (Taste of River North, Windy City Smokeout, Bears Block Party) made him a natural fit. His management experience at the restaurants and deep social network has been a bonus. Heck, we may even tap his computer science skills.
Joe loves live music and will travel to see his favorite bands, especially to Las Vegas, Austin and Nashville.