Joel began his insurance career in 1985 with Old Dominion Insurance Agency, Inc as a Property & Casualty and Life and Health insurance agent. In 1987, he became part owner of Old Dominion Insurance assisting with management functions as well as producing and servicing insurance clients. He earned the Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) designation in 1994 and the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 2008. He is a founding member of the Blue Ridge Astronomers, member of the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce, past board member of the Greater Verona Business Association, Associate Vice President of the Augusta Homebuilders Association, member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia, member of the Professional Insurance Agents Association
Joel is married with two children. He enjoys spending time with his daughter, amateur astronomy, reading, motorcycling, gardening, bicycling, yoga, golf, working on the farm, and working in his shop during his spare time.