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Welcome to the Journey of Joe

Published: 2017-10-27 03:48
At Canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta

When in Rome… At the Canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta

Welcome to the journey of Joe, a short introduction to my life.  You better buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy road!

Let me begin with this thought:  While education and careers define what we do, it’s ultimately family and relationships that define who we are.

What I’ve Done

First off, my educational journey began with a B. S. in Industrial Safety Management.  Eventually, I went on to complete a B. S. in e-Business and then an MBA.  Currently, I am in seminary and studying to become a deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, with projected ordination in June of 2020.

Early in my career, my education in safety prepared me to lead the departmental safety efforts of the long-term care facility where I was a department manager.  But, this education became invaluable in my ten years as a firefighter/EMT in the suburbs of Pittsburgh.

After fighting a basement fire

Memorial Day Parade

Likewise, my degree in e-Business and my MBA in Management have led to entrepreneurial opportunities, leadership roles as the Pennsylvania State Chair and the National Vice President in the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors organization, and being a co-webmaster for St. Teresa of Calcutta’s Lay Missionaries of Charity (www.laymc.com).

 

Who I am

Most of all, I am a husband, father, brother, and son who is trying to be the best version of myself that I can be.  Furthermore, I am man learning to be a good listener and a better mentor for those whom I lead.  And, because of my pastoral service over the past few years, which included serving in a group home for those who are mentally challenged, mentoring those who have addictions, and visiting with those who were imprisoned, many of my rough edges have been buffed away.

Memorial Day – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery

Focused and Capable

While many say that I am highly competitive, I ultimately like to look at myself as being highly capable and focused.  As a result, I have experienced my fair share of success in both life and in my career.  But, don’t get me wrong!  I too have had my struggles along the way.  Ultimately, it’s not about how many times that you get knocked down, but about how many times that you get back up again.

Life at Essity

First of three awards in 2017

Particularly relevant to this blog, is my career at Essity Health and Medical Solutions, where I am an Account Manager covering Western Pennsylvania, and concentrating on the long-term care incontinence market.  Since I came to Essity (SCA) www.essity.com several years ago, my career has flourished.  While I would like to attribute this to by abilities, ultimately the credit of my success needs to go to our team and the overall culture of the organization.  The culture of our team is one that is based upon mutual respect; a culture that leads to great relationships, as well as sustained professional success.

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