An Eastside Austin native, Joe grew up working in his father’s San Jacinto Cafe, a legendary hangout for local politicos just south of historic Scholz’s Beer Garden. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.In 1984, while pursuing an MBA at Texas State University, Joe accepted an offer from the State Bar of Texas and became its first Director of Computer Services. He created the original computer system for the State Bar to serve an attorney membership of 64,000. For 30 years, Joe trail blazed a career in Information technology in both the public and private sectors, including seven public organizations within the State of Texas and the City of Austin. Joe has served on the Travis County Appraisal Review Board and as an officer of the Knights of Columbus Council of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Austin. Now retired, he enjoys travels with his wife of 50 years, Mary, and takes pride in the successes of their accomplished children and grandchildren.