AKJA Emeritus Judges

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AKJA Emeritus Judge
2445 SW 87th Way, Gainesville, Florida, 32608, USA
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(386) 214-1456
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Joe, and his wife, Sherri, live in the Gainesville, Florida. Now retired, Joe was a specialist in early childhood development and assessment, and did diagnostic evaluations for children with low incidence exceptionalities for school systems. Sherri is an RN and worked as a nurse educator for a community college and a hospital. Their two adult children live in Gainesville, Florida, and Kaaawa, (Oahu) Hawaii.

Koi Club Memberships

Joe and Sherri are founding members of the Florida East Coast Koi and Pond Club (1998) and the ZNA Southern Koi Association (2004). They participate in the Orlando Area Koi and Pond Club and the Gainesville Koi Club. Joe has held officer positions in several clubs and continues to assist clubs with their web sites and koi shows. He is a member of K.O.I. and is interested in helping club members resolve koi health issues.

Koi Show Participation, Judging and Other Hobby Activities

Since the beginning of the Orlando koi show in 1998 Joe has chaired many of the Orlando shows, and has done water quality for numerous shows in Florida and the southeastern USA. In 2001 he entered the AKCA Judge Program as a candidate judge with the 2004 class. He has judged shows in all parts of the USA, and has judged in Holland and Brazil. Joe is a ZNA Local Certified Judge and has attended many of the ZNA judging seminars including the ZNA seminar held at the All Japan Show in February 2012. Joe has attended AKCA judge programs and seminars from 1994 to 2011 before joining the American Koi Judges Association.

Joe and Sherri have made three koi buying trips to Japan. They have shown their koi in many shows from Florida to New York. Joe has appeared on television and radio shows to talk about the koi hobby, and has presented at koi seminars and spoken at many club meetings on the topics of water quality, koi pond construction and filtration, koi health, and koi appreciation. Joe managed and wrote for the KOI USA magazine web site for five years, then was editor for a short time before leaving the magazine in 2012. Joe welcomes opportunities to judge at all koi shows regardless of club or show affiliations.

Koi Pond

Joe has designed and built several koi ponds. Joe and Sherri have a 16,000 gallon pond. The pond is 22X12 and 8 feet deep. His pond has two surface skimmers and two bottom drains that gravity feed water to an in ground vortex settling chamber before entering bio-media chambers. Water is returned to the pond via a spillway and seven wall jets.