Joel Welker joined the Advisory Board of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2011 and currently

serves as the board s President-Elect II. A graduate of Florida International University, Mr. Welker has

been the publisher and president of the Birmingham Business Journal since 2008. He is involved with

several organizations across Birmingham, including Rotary, the Brock School of Business, Lakeshore

Foundation and Holy Family Cristo Rey. He enjoys walking, swimming and traveling with his fiancé

Pam Meisler, a volunteer coordinator at Children s of Alabama. Mr. Welker recently sat for a chat with

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Magazine.

By J O S H T I L L

Joel Welker ADVISORY BOARD PROFILE

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UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Magazine: Are you originally from Birmingham?

Joel Welker: I was originally born in West Hartford, Connecticut. My dad was in the Air Force, so we moved around quite a bit. We lived in Istanbul, Turkey; Ft. Worth, Texas; Key Biscayne, Florida; and Albany, Georgia. My dad retired to south Florida when I was in fifth grade, so I grew up in Miami and lived there for 30 years.

UAB CCC: What brought you to Birmingham?

JW: I had worked for American City Business Journals for almost 20 years at the South Florida Business Journal. They moved me to Atlanta in 2000 to manage the sales team at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. After eight years, I was ready to become a

publisher. I said I d like to go to Austin, Texas, and they said how about Birmingham, Alabama? And I said, Sure! I ll try it. That was six years ago.

UAB CCC: Were you familiar with Birmingham before moving here?

JW: My generation came of age during the civil rights struggle, so that s all Birmingham was to me. But I found it to be a very vibrant business community. I tell everyone around the country that Birmingham is a great place to live and work and raise a family. Growing up in Miami and living in Atlanta, nobody is from Miami and nobody is from Atlanta. Here, everybody is from Birmingham. I ve had opportunities to move to other markets around the country, but Birmingham is a great place to live and do business. With Railroad Park, Regions Field, the new Children s Hospital, and with all the things

I m on a lot of

boards in town,

and I love the

Comprehensive

Cancer Center

because of its

mission and

the people who

work there.

giving back

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