Joe Mechlinski is a community advocate, speaker, entrepreneur, and best selling author. His debute book, Grow Regardless, became an instant New York Times, USA Today, Amazon.com, and Barnes&Noble.com bestseller. Learn more >>
Joe was raised in one of Baltimore’s oldest, blue collar neighborhoods. Despite attending a high school with the worst graduation rates in the state, he went on to graduate from The Johns Hopkins University in 1999 where he played football and also earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics. It was during his time at Johns Hopkins where Joe started his first business: hiring and managing a crew of students to paint houses around campus.
After graduation, Joe went on to co-found a lead generation company, a sales and marketing firm, and an entrepreneurial development company, which grew rapidly to more than 100 employees in three years. Then, in 2001, he co-founded entreQuest, Inc., a Baltimore consulting firm at the same time, he also co-founded the b4students Foundation, which links corporate mentors with at-risk Baltimore students for their entire high school careers.
Joe currently serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland, as well as the Community-University Collaborating Committee (CUCC). CUCC, part of The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute (UHI), is charged with improving the relationship between the university and the East Baltimore community, and improving the health conditions of the residents.
Since 2001, Joe and his company have been featured on FoxNews.com Live and Bloomberg Radio, as well as in the Baltimore Sun, Entrepreneur, The Daily Record, The Wall Street Journal Online and The Baltimore Business Journal, which named entreQuest one of its “Best Places to Work” in 2011 and 2012. Also in 2010, The Daily Record tapped Joe for its “Successful by 40” list, and in 2012 named him one of Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs. In 2004, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce chose entreQuest as its Small Business of the Year.
As CEO and Co-Founder of entreQuest, Joe has helped hundreds of companies prosper through some of the worst economic times in history. Joe’s mission is to give voice to America’s small- to medium-sized business leaders by teaching them how to grow their organizations regardless of their size, their industry, or the economy.