An Ohio native and a 2007 graduate of The Ohio State University with a BA in Theater magna cum laude, Joel served 7 years on active duty as a Low Altitude Air Defense Officer (Stinger) in the USMC. He served in multiple leadership billets throughout his time in the Corps at the Platoon, Battery, and Battalion level along with serving as an Executive Assistant for a USMC 3 Star General. He completed one tour to Afghanistan during 2011 in Helmand Province at Camp Leatherneck with the 2D Marine Air Wing. He is currently completing his MBA at UCLA Anderson’s School of Management and still serves in the USMC Reserves at Camp Pendleton. Joel currently works in the entertainment industry at the production level.