Joel was born in Princeton, New Jersey and the son of 2 prominent figures in the educational fields. Joel's father, Lawrence Rodger Thompson was a PHD, head of the English Department at Princeton University and author of The Robert Frost Biography Series. Joel's mother, Janet Arnold Thompson also a PHD, was the head of learning disabilities for Princeton Regional School District.
In 1968, Joel went to Colorado to explore and visit several colleges including Colorado State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Denver University, and the School of The Mines. Joel was accepted to Princeton University, Dartmouth, and Lafayette College, however his heart was set on heading to Colorado.
Joel made his move in 1970, and began the engineering program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After a year, he decided that engineering may not be suitable for him and then enrolled in the business program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. While in school, Joel worked part-time in the construction trade. Having jobs throughout Boulder County, enabled him to keep a close eye on the active real estate market.Understanding that real estate was a great investment opportunity he decided to purchase a 6 acre parcel of land in St. Anton Highlands with his savings.
He graduated in 1974 and obtained his Real Estate License while in business school. Not long after, Joel also acquired his Contractor's License through the City and County of Boulder, and then purchased his first pieces of land in the area. This is where he began his construction career with Thompson Builders. While working in construction, Joel was actively pursued by a local broker for a top real estate firm at the time, Moore & Co. He signed on with Moore and has been in real estate for 33 years. Joel has been with RE/MAX Alliance of Boulder for 14 years now as an independent broker and is 1 of the top real estate agents in the Front Range. He has been recognized as a "Top Producer" and has been awarded the Master's Club Award, an honored Platinum Club member, and 100% Club every year.He continues to rank within the top 20 in the State while specializing in residential resale, new construction and commercial sales. Joel's vast experience in corporate relocation makes him "TOPS" in successfully assisting both individuals and families who are making job or career changes, and moving into the front range.
Joel resides in Boulder, Colorado and has 2 daughters and enjoys a very active lifestyle. They enjoy camping, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, bike riding, and traveling. They are very involved with Flatirons Community Church as members and volunteering their time for events and fundraisers. Joel is also a sponsor of "Young Life", a non-profit organization for clubs and activities geared toward teenagers.