HGBA Meet and Greet: Joe Turpin

Joe Turpin, New Media Horizons, LLC

10064 Broadsword Dr. Bristow / 703.232.6004 / joe@newmediahorizons.com / newmediahorizons.com

When and why did you decide to start your own company?
I started the company in 2012. I was frustrated with the poor marketing being done by the company I worked with and felt that I could help others do a better job.

How does your business serve the local community?
We provide marketing help for small businesses.

Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession.
We helped a small local company grow their gross income by 200% in three years.

Tell us about your experience with the HGBA. How has it supported you in your local business?
I think that HGBA is the best networking value in the area. I received almost 100% of my business by networking and the HGBA has provided many opportunities for me.

What are the top three business tips and tricks can you offer other professionals?
One: Always stand behind your product or service. Your customers must be able to trust you. 2. Make sure you have a good marketing plan. You can’t make a sale unless people know about you. 3. Make sure you have a good financial plan and a good accountant.

Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town?
I spent my childhood in southern California, moved to the Maryland suburbs as a teenager and lived in Maryland with my wife and daughter until 2002 when we were looking for a better quality of life. We have been very happy in Prince William County.

What is your favorite season in this area, and why?
I like spring because it usually allows me to get out of the house and start exercising and spending more time outside.

What are some hobbies you enjoy?
I enjoy riding my bicycle and listening to sixties music.

What is your favorite restaurant?
I like just about any Mexican restaurant.

What is your favorite local high school sports team?
Brentsville District High School.  My daughter went there.

Are you involved with any nonprofits? If so, which one(s) and why?
I am on the board of the Catholic Business Network.

What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession?
Before starting my company I worked in the moving business. I specialized in moving electronic equipment and museum artifacts. My favorite memories are from when I was involved with touring the Smithsonian’s 150th Anniversary Exhibition. We moved several truckloads of artifacts including Archie Bunker’s chair, Fonzie’s leather jacket, one of the first Harley Davidson motorcycles, and the Vin Fiz Flyer which was an early Wright Brothers model biplane that in 1911 became the first aircraft to fly coast-to-coast across the U.S.

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