About

Joe Vangsness began work as a computer operator and programmer while pursuing a degree in business at the University of Illinois in Champaign. He has worked in software development in several capacities in large corporations following college. He began consulting to small business in 1990.

Corporate Positions
  • Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Project Manager
  • Software Development Manager
  • Information Systems Director
  • Director of Strategic Planning
Corporate Experience
  • Union Carbide Corporation
  • Time, Inc.
  • United States Gypsum Company
  • Board of Trade Clearing Corporation
Education
  • University of Illinois • B.S. in Management
  • University of Pittsburgh • Graduate Business School
  • University of Chicago • Graduate Business School
  • Columbia College • Certificate in Web Design
  • Truman College • Certificate in Web Design
  • University of Chicago Continuing Education • Internet Marketing Strategy
Involvement
  • Small Business Technology of Chicago Group - Organizer
  • Downtown Computer Club • Past Chapter Coordinator
  • University of Chicago Track Club • Past Board Member
  • Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts • Past Board Member & Past President
  • Chicago Computer Society • Past Board member
  • Chicago Self-Publishing Group • Co-founder
Recognition/Awards
  • Received the 2011 Chicago Computer Society Harold Driscoll Award for services that typify the spirit of the Society
  • Received the 2008 University of Chicago Track Club Howard Williams Award for devoted and outstanding Service
  • Received a Leadership Award from the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in 1991
Memberships
  • Chicago Web Professionals
  • Chicago Content Strategists
  • Chicago User Experience Strategy Group
  • Drupal Chicago Meetup Group
  • Adobe User Group Chicago
  • Chicago Self-Publishing
Teaching Experience
  • De Paul University • School of Business
  • De Paul University • Graduate School of Business
  • Triton College
  • Purdue University Calumet • Entrepreneurship Center