Joe is a serial entrepreneur and founder of several companies including Commercial Fire, a nationwide fire and life safety company, of which he served as CEO until he sold the company in 2017.
On April 19, 2019 Joe lost his son Gary, age 30, to suicide. Prior to Gary’s death, Joe did everything he could to help Gary who was battling severe depression. When he and his son needed help the most, Joe encountered a healthcare system that was not equipped to advise him or help him keep Gary safe. He couldn’t find any help; he didn’t know where to go or what to do – and he felt he knew everybody. On the day of Gary’s funeral Joe made a decision. He decided to, again, create something that did not exist before, an entity designed to be there for people who are feeling hopeless and families that have no place to turn to for help.
Spurred to action by this greatest of loss, Joe set out to solve the most vexing problem of all, preventing suicide. When Here Tomorrow opened its doors in 2021, Joe thought, if Here Tomorrow can ensure that one son, one father, one brother, or one sister is here with us tomorrow, it would all be worth it. The Here Tomorrow Team is now connecting daily with people who are seriously contemplating suicide and offering real help when the stakes are highest.
Joe credits his success in business to his ability to envision the future and create something that did not exist before. Commercial Services was born out of a gap he saw in the market. Over time, he built the largest Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning company in the world and the largest nationwide independently owned Fire Services company in the US. Recently, he saw a gap in the mental health field that no one was filling: working with those contemplating suicide NOW, when they are most vulnerable, and helping them NOW. Just because it doesn’t exist doesn’t mean it can’t be attained.
According to Joe, the team at Here Tomorrow is a godsend that has created the most innovative answer to preventing suicide one could ever hope to imagine.
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