Engineer, Inventor, Entrepreneur
Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and now based in Chicago, Illinois, Joel attended the University of Windsor, graduating with a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. He went on to graduate with a Masters of Business Administration from the Odette School of Business. Besides his development of the "Reversible Necktie", the "Oak Bottle", "SALT" mobile security, and the founding of Blunt Neck Clothing Company, Joel's other accomplishments include his work in the Defense division of a fortune 500 international truck and engine manufacturer where, drawing upon his engineering and MBA experience, he managed the operations of multiple military and defense programs such as the manufacturing of Armored Vehicles for the US Military and other NATO allies. Many of those programs in supporting the safety of ground troops for the Afghan and Iraq War. His company developed the world's most survivable Mine Resistant Armored Protected (MRAP) vehicle with their proprietary "V-shaped hull" that deflects the energy of the IED explosion underneath the vehicle. Since 2007, close to 10,000 of his companies MRAPs have been fleeted, protecting soldiers from I.E.D. and R.P.G. strikes in Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflict areas across the world. With the U.S. mandate to withdraw troops reducing MRAP demands, Joel now focuses his time in the Commercial Division, where he manages the companies new product launch and development projects as it relates to the company’s overall manufacturing strategies, quality improvement initiatives, and strive for continued world class manufacturing processes. His passion and experience in solving real world problems, whether big or small, is rooted in who he is and what he believes in.