Joe is a native of Needham, Massachusetts. He learned to sail as a child at his family’s summer home in Cataumet, on Buzzards Bay. He raced Beetle Cats and taught sailing at the local yacht club.
Joe started his landscaping business as a teenager in the 1970s. He went to California to pursue a degree in horticulture from CalPoly. He returned to Needham in 1983 and started Hillcrest Gardens.
Joe started sailing as a boy at his family’s summer home in Cataumet on Cape Cod. He raced Beetle Cats on Buzzards Bay and taught sailing at the local club.
As an adult, Joe took up windsurfing and later started sailing during winters in Key West.