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

  • U. S. Steel Subsidiary (Bessmer Lake Erie & Associated Companies)
  • Union Carbide Corporation
  • Time, Inc.
  • United States Gypsum Company
  • Board of Trade Clearing Corporation

U S Steel Corp    Union Carbide Corp   Time Inc   USG Corp    The Clearing Corporation


  • University of Illinois • B.S. in Management

  • Post graduate study at the University of Pittsburgh • Graduate Business School
  • Post graduate study at the 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


  • 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


  • Chicago Computer Society Harold Driscoll Award - 2011
  • University of Chicago Track Club Howard Williams Award - 2008
  • Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts Leadership Award - 1991


  • Chicago Web Professionals
  • Chicago Content Strategists
  • Chicago User Experience Strategy Group
  • Drupal Chicago Meetup Group
  • Adobe User Group Chicago
  • Chicago Self-Publishing

Teaching Experience - Adjunct Instructor

  • De Paul University • School of Business
  • De Paul University • Graduate School of Business
  • Triton College
  • Purdue University Calumet • Entrepreneurship Center