GET TO KNOW JOE
Joe Lipari, aka "JR", grew up on the mean streets of suburban New Jersey and joined the US Army after graduating Manchester Regional High School. An expert marksman and Infantry Team Leader with the 3rd Infantry Division, Joe led 4-6 man fire teams in training missions that include Mount Peak (Ft Drum), the Joint Readiness Training Center (Ft Polk), and the Leadership Reaction Course (Ft Benning); before becoming an advisor to Honeywell for the Land Warrior System. Due to an injury sustained in training, Joe was Honorably Discharged as a Disabled Veteran.
Since leaving the military Joe has spent more than 20 years working as a creative by day in NYC & LA; clients include HGTV, Netflix, NBC, Comedy Central, Sony Pictures and Coca-Cola. By night, Joe Lipari works as a comedian in the US and abroad, a frequent guest at comedy shows in New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels and Osaka. His award winning short film, Dream Job (2012) has screened at esteemed film festivals in the US and Europe.
Because of Dream Job, Joe was offered a scholarship to finish his BFA at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Joe graduated from SVA's competitive Advertising/Design program with Honors; where he studied with Richard Wilde, Gail Anderson, Kevin O'Callaghan, Louise Fili, James Sprouse and Milton Glazer. After spending two years managing the creative department for the BK Nets & NY Islanders (2018 and 2019 seasons) Joe was recruited by Troops to Teachers to fill Art, English and STEM teaching vacancies in NYC's under served communities for the 2019 - 2020 school year.
Active in the wellness and mental health communities, Joe is a certified yoga teacher who has led classes in New York, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Berlin. An avid hiker, Joe has climbed Mount Fuji, completed the Kumano Kodo and is making plans for the Camino de Santiago. Joe's adventure travel getaways are a new type of yoga retreat, immersive destination wellness travel.
Whenever possible Joe also works with Outward Bound or Sierra Club to bring veterans and under privileged kids on wilderness excursions. As a volunteer with Hire Heroes Joe has helped un/under employed veterans find sustainable employment and with Troops to Teachers Joe helps fill teaching vacancies in NYC. Joe is also an ordained agnostic minister through Universal Life Church and performs wedding services free of religious dogma.
Jack of many trades, expert of some... maybe...