Band: The Skid Marks
Food: Chinese, Seafood or any combination thereof
South Side Restaurant: Fat Heads
TV Show: FOX News, The History Channel
Movie: "The Godfather"
Season: Fall (Football!)
Interesting Facts You Wouldn’t Know Otherwise:
Joe is one of the first new hires of 2007 for Zoltun Design. He brings over 23 years of experience from working for several small graphic production outfits, as well as Mellon Bank and Westinghouse/CBS Broadcasting where he had worked for 10 years (4 of them working with Rick) before leaving to do his own thing. Feeling the need to get back into a business, Joe offered his services to Rick and enthusiastically accepted. Joe leans toward the technical side of the industry but also dabbles in creative design. Joe’s first full-time job was a roofer. During a layoff in the winter of 1983, he was granted a job interview with a graphic production outfit. In spite of the fact that he had no formal training, Joe was offered a position as a layout artist. In a short time, he learned and/or taught himself the trade. He taught himself well enough to next land a job in Mellon Bank’s graphics department. While there, he discovered a lonely Mac 512k. Yes, that’s 512 kilobytes of memory with no hard drive! No one else in the department was interested in the little beige box. Joe was the first to sit down and power it on. He had found his niche. He taught himself every available software package and then taught the rest of the department. Joe then moved on to Westinghouse/Source W, where as the power of the computer’s graphic potential grew, so did Joe’s hunger to learn to make them a powerful production tool. During his 10 years at Westinghouse, he gained extensive experience in technical illustration and long-document design and production, such as government proposals and technical catalogs. In the past 5 years, Joe has ventured off into Web development where he applies his background experience in this highly technical area. Joe takes pride in his customer satisfaction record, and his willingness to accept difficult challenges and work through them. Joe was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area and now currently resides in the North Hills (Ross Twp.) with his lovely wife of 25 years, Toni, and their four children, Joe, Ronnie, Marilyn and Tori. The family also now has two cats which Joe says seem to keep adding up every time a child leaves the house! Joe’s hobbies include: music, camping, fishing, reading historical fiction and heading to the beach any chance he gets. Joe said his dream is always that the people around him are better off for his having been given the gift to be around them.