Joe started storm chasing in the fall of 1999 with his friend Dan Dimitroff. He has attended several National Weather Service training classes in Lincoln and Chicago. Joe has done several presentations for corporation on spotter safety coinciding with the yearly take cover training. Joe joined ILCHASE after chasing with the group in its first year and has been a member since. Joe is a member Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection Dist since 2000 as a Fire-Fighter II and EMT-B.