Joel was born in Troy, Ohio and grew up in Union City, Indiana. He graduated high school in 2000 and attended Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, as well as Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. He has 20 years experience in the hospitality industry but realized his true passion is working with dogs while continuing to work with people on a personal level. His family/extended family has bred, raised and trained a variety of breeds for show, service, and protection, including Dobermann Pinschers, Labradors, Old English Sheepdogs, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Miniature Schnauzers, Miniature Pinschers, and Weimaraner.
Joel currently resides in Wesley Chapel, FL with his two dogs, Lexi (11-year-old German shepherd mix) and Gryffin (7-year-old Rottweiler mix). In his free time, he enjoys watching documentaries, playing with his dogs, playing video games with his younger brothers and friends across the country, going to concerts, and trying new restaurants and foods!