Joe is a second-generation Eagle. He and his wife, Chris, have supported Boston College through both academics and athletics, establishing the Popolo Family Scholarship at the Carroll School of Management and the Edward F. Connelly Scholarship in support of the football program. The scholarship honors Joe’s maternal grandfather, an outstanding high school athlete who was accepted to BC in 1927 but was unable to attend because of family financial issues. Chris and Joe have generously supported initiatives like the field house and have hosted newly admitted first year student send-off events.
A member of the Parents Leadership Council, Joe was also a member of the ADRC (Athletic Director Resource Committee) and is a long-time season ticket holder. He has traveled extensively to support BC Athletics and student-athletes.
Joe has been CEO of Freeman, the world’s largest brand experience company, since 2008, during which time the company has experienced tremendous growth.
In 2013, Joe was recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southwest Area North region. He serves on the CEO Roundtable of the U.S. Travel Association, and previously served on the board of directors of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events and the board of trustees of the Professional Convention Management Association. Additionally, he is an associate of the Dallas Museum of Art and serves on the boards of trustees of St. Joseph’s Residence, the Catholic Disability Foundation, and the Catholic Foundation of Dallas. He also serves on the advisory board of Circle 10 Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Chris and Joe are the proud parents of Kit '20, who is on the rowing team; Buck, a junior at Jesuit College Preparatory in Dallas; and Connor, a freshman at Cistercian Preparatory in Irving, Texas.