Joe has won world and national champion taxidermy awards, and has judged and conducted seminars in numerous World and National Taxidermy Competitions, including competitions in in Norway, Finland, France, Italy and Austria that were sponsored by the European Taxidermy Federation.
Joe served as president of the National Taxidermy Association, has received the Award of Excellence given by the National Taxidermists Association, and is a lifetime member of National Taxidermists Association and Safari Club International, and was an SCI Master Measurer.
Many of Joe's mounts have been featured on the front cover of both taxidermy and hunting magazines, and he has mounted many world-record whitetail deer, including the original Jordan, the Hole in the Horn, and the Breen. He sculpts and sells whitetail deer forms through McKenzie Supply using whitetail deer from his research pen as reference. Joe is widely recognized for his expertise in mounting large game, including North American and African species.
He has taught taxidermy classes at his studio in Solon, IA for the past 30 years, and a high number of students Joe has taught have gone on to win state and national/world competition awards in the gamehead category.