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Joe demonstrated leadership by serving his country. As an Army Captain in Iraq, he completed over 250 combat assignments and earned multiple accolades, including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. And now as a business leader Joe sets an example in the community by giving back to help others. Whether distributing pizza from his business, Marco's Pizza, to those recovering during the devastating flood of 2015 or helping Veterans find jobs, Joe sets the standard for leadership.

"Everyone to whom much was given, of him much shall be required…"Luke 12:48(b)…

Through his military service, Joe demonstrated bravery in battle completing 250 combat assignments and receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. As a business owner of Marco’s Pizza, Carolina Mattress and Furniture, Direct Print and Marketing, Orange Theory Fitness, and JP Contract Solutions Inc., Joe is extremely involved in community philanthropy serving on numerous boards and giving generously to causes making a positive impact. When Columbia was recovering from historic flooding in 2015, Joe decided to give away 2,000 Marco's pizzas to victims because it seemed like the right thing to do.

Giving back to the community is one of the hallmarks of Joe's success. He strives to make Columbia a better place by reinvesting in organizations that have the most impact.

The $50,000 donation would be used by Hammond School towards construction of a new, state-of-the-art gymnasium for the pursuit of school athletics as well as the arts as it would feature a dance studio and space for the school's band. Joe is a dedicated Hammond alum and now parent, and receiving these funds in his honor would be a wonderful gift.

Joe Walker gives back to his community through his involvement with Epworth Children’s Home, Chad and Jenn Holbrook’s “Win Anyway Foundation,” the American Red Cross Central Carolinas, First Presbyterian Church, as well as through fundraising for Hammond School.

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