Prior to founding Carver, Joel served as Vice President, Sales, and Marketing for CSM Corporation, Minneapolis, MN. At CSM he oversaw all corporate and property marketing, sales, revenue management, eCommerce, and public relations efforts.
Joel’s 30 years of sales management experience encompasses working with franchise and Fortune 500 companies including Westin, Hilton, Omni, Wyndham Hotel Group, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Leading Hotels of the World. While at CSM, Joel initiated a share-shifting program to maximize sales efforts and increase RevPAR index company-wide.
Well-known as a dynamic and powerful speaker, Joel provides keynote and sales training speeches and presentations throughout the industry.
While serving the hospitality industry in a number of key leadership roles, Joel also found the time to sit on the Board of Directors for Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association, as well as maintain the position of President for the Northern Virginia Chapter and as Co-Chair of the Association Marketing Committee. His other key relationships include National Business Travel Association, International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), and as an honorary board member for the Association of Starwood Franchisees and Owners – North America.
A member of the Episcopal faith, Joel is a classically trained organist and choral conductor, he continues to participate in the arts as speaking engagements and the demands of Carver permit. Joel and his husband Van (Dr. Millin) live on Piney Woods Lake in LaGrange, GA with their rescue spitz, Beau.