Submitted on behalf of Joe Brown

You could say that Joseph Brown has come full circle in following the call to make a difference for others. Prior to a long and successful career in commercial real estate property management, Joe began his career in Catholic seminary, eventually earning a Master of Divinity degree. As his family grew and grandchildren came along, he began to appreciate how brief time is and felt pulled to “grow my own heart” and give back to the community.

Joe is putting his experience and educational background to work supporting staff with facilities management at both Circle the City and Western School of Science and Technology – Service by Design positions he found through his engagement with Experience Matters. According to Joe, “Never in a million years did I feel that any charitable organization would have opportunities for a commercial real estate property manager!” But nothing could be further from the truth.

With Joe’s help, Circle the City is well positioned to keep their facilities and equipment in the best possible condition at the lowest possible cost so they don’t experience any downtime that would impact the respite care they provide to the homeless. Joe’s Service by Design project is officially over at Circle the City, but his commitment is not. He’s moved on to help Circle the City upgrade the kitchen so they can partner with St. Mary’s Food Bank to serve meals on campus. This organization definitely “grew his heart” and encouraged him to continue paying it forward.

Enter another Service by Design project, this time for Western School of Science and Technology. Joe’s prior experience managing the grand opening of large shopping mall projects gives him exactly the expertise to help Western School of Science and Technology open a new middle school.

Joe’s corporate experience was driven by a workplace saying, “Make good things happen.” What a simple motto to achieve satisfaction and a sense of purpose at any stage of life.