Having received advanced degrees in secondary education, Joe began a ten-year career as a high school teacher providing instruction in economics, Spanish, Bible, and computers.
While in his teaching career, he furthered his graduate education, earning a doctorate in education with a double-minor in computers and theology. His career focus changed to IT in the early 1990’s when he started as a Computer Consultant at NC State University.
Three promotions later, Dr. Perez ended his successful 25-year career at NC State as Business Intelligence Specialist when he took another promotion to become Senior Systems Analyst /Team Lead at the NC Dept of Health & Human Services (DHHS) in fall 2017. In addition to his full-time analytics/BI leadership role at DHHS, Joe was named Chief Technology Officer at SolonTek Corporation in October 2020.
With more than 12,000 followers on LinkedIn and several professional certifications, Perez has stayed active in the IT, HHS, and higher education communities as a much sought-after resource, highly-recommended international keynote speaker (with more than 60 speaking engagements in 2020-2021 including 20+ keynotes impacting thousands around the globe), data analytics & visualization expert, published author, and specialist in efficiency and process improvement.
Through the years, Dr. Perez has never lost his love for teaching, having been a guest speaker for many organizations and internationally-recognized podcasts. When he takes a break from work and speaking, he enjoys spending time with his wife of more than 30 years and their children, whom he says are the “best things that ever happened to me.” He also sings, plays the piano, composes songs, and has performed PSA’s and voice-overs for schools and other organizations.
He also serves as speaker, interpreter, and music director to his church’s Hispanic ministry. If there’s any spare time left, he enjoys publishing a monthly military newsletter (as Editor-in-Chief of The Patriot News), working out in the gym, and catching up on Star Trek reruns. “It’s a busy life, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I’m a firm believer that if I’m not innovating, then I’m stagnating,” says Joe. If you need an experienced, dynamic speaker for your event, Dr. Joe Perez is the right choice.