A graduate of Temple University and The Settlement Music School of Philadelphia, Joe moved to California in 1976 and began his career as a film editor, transitioning to sound editorial and design in 1977 at Worldwide Pictures in Burbank, California. While there he worked on films such as The Hiding Place, No Longer Alone, and Joni, as well as numerous documentaries. He also worked on the cult classic Motel Hell. In 1979, he joined Echo Sound Services, one of a handful of successful independent sound editorial companies at that time.
As a sound editor and supervisor at Echo, Joe contributed to the soundtracks of projects such as The White Shadow, The Waltons, Inside the Third Reich, The Day After, The Blue and the Grey, Lost in America, and Lonesome Dove. He joined the company management team in 1983, became president in 1988, and CEO in 1992. In 2003, with the purchase of Echo Sound by Technicolor, Joe assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Technicolor Sound. Since 1981, with the support of a talented team of sound designers, Joe has won nine Emmys and 12 Golden Reels.
Currently president of Smart Post Sound, Inc, Joe divides his time between management duties, sound supervision, teaching at The Art Institute of California in Santa Monica, and sailing. He lives with his wife Jessie in Los Angeles, California.