Joel was born in Columbus, Ohio, and moved to the Seattle area on his first birthday – he has a picture of a Twinkie with a candle in it on top of a moving box to prove it!
After graduating from Woodway High School in Edmonds, Joel went on to graduate from Shoreline Community College and Taft College in Southern California. He earned an education degree next from Western Washington University in Bellingham.
He began working for Town & Country Markets Inc. in 2000, as night crew lead at Central Market Shoreline, moving on to become the front-end manager and then merchandiser. In 2006, he was named director of that market.
“It was truly an honor to work in a community store that cares so much – not only about the products we sell – but the people we sell to,” Joel said.
In 2016, Joel was tapped to become director of the newest market in the company, T&C Market Lakemont. He join a leadership team that includes longtime Lakemont employee Chris Ching. Together, the two of them saw the market through a major remodel in 2016.
“I am excited about establishing this market as part of the community and connecting our customers to the great products we offer. We are excited to inspire our customers when it comes to providing for their families with great food,” Joel said.
Joel is also appreciative of the market’s 55 employees, as they all work on taking the market to the next level.
Joel has a teen-age daughter who’s interested in pursuing a career in the culinary world. He is avid road biker, and participated in the annual Seattle-to-Portland ride. He also belongs to a curling club.