Meet Joe! Joe is a mortgage loan officer who’s passionate about helping families realize the dream of homeownership! Joe has assisted many families in obtaining financing, many of them for the first time, and it always feels exciting. He treats his Borrowers as more than just a loan- they are friends and neighbors in the community. Joe’s satisfaction and pride in his work are easily perceived in even a short conversation, and his dedication to his clients is unmatched as he is truly committed to helping people invest in “home” here in our community.
All of our gratitude to Joe for his time as he tells us about himself and his favorite parts of Woodstock. Thank you, Joe!
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: I knew when I entered the workforce, I wanted to do something meaningful. Getting into the mortgage industry was not my initial plan. I started my career in medical sales, and by chance met the regional Vice President for the largest homebuilder in the southeast at that time. She was the decision-maker for who their preferred lending partners would be and thought I would make a good loan officer. After several meetings, I decided to make the change. When I closed my first loan, I was hooked. The happiness and I joy I got was exactly what I was looking for. I’ve been in the business ever since and I’m now celebrating my 20th year.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Woodstock, and what do you love there?
A: This is a tough question with all the new restaurants in Woodstock, but I’m going to go with Century House Tavern. Great menu, atmosphere, and prices are reasonable for the area. I especially love when the baked potato soup is on the menu.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Woodstock?
A: I have lived in Woodstock for 12 years.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: The Amalfi Coast. I have always wanted to go to Italy and the Amalfi Coast would be a great place to visit.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A: Hoosiers, I still get chills when Jimmy Chitwood hits the game-winning shot.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Be nice, you never know what the person next to you could be going through.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: To attend the Men’s NCAA Basketball Final Four. With the Final Four here in Atlanta next year, I am hoping to check that box.
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: Growing up in the Northeast, Bruce Springsteen was the man! Tom Petty & John Cougar Mellencamp were my other two favorites.
Q: What current/former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Woodstock?
A: Hot Dog Heaven, a former business. The hot dogs reminded me of where I grew up in Connecticut.
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in Woodstock would you have lunch?
A: Larry Bird, he was my childhood hero. I watched every game of every season as a kid. I would take him to the Century House Tavern.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Woodstock?
A: The amphitheater for sure. What a great way to bring individuals and families in the community together.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I see myself in the same capacity, but also adding real estate investing to my portfolio.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I played college basketball at a Junior College just outside of Boston.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Home to me means family, security, and stability.
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: Mark Wahlberg, as you can see there is an underdog theme here. He was in and out of jail prior to his music and acting career. He turned his life around and has never forgotten where he came from.
Q: If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose?
Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A: I would choose a coach, the opportunity to better myself at no cost is a no brainer for me.