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Joe Barndt serves as Chapter Ambassador for Startup Grind's Columbia chapter and is responsible operations and development for the chapter. He continually works to create new exciting forms of community engagement by developing new events and refining meeting formats. Lastly he works to enlarge the network for the chapter by finding additional partnerships and recruiting new members. Joe was raised by a hay farmer and a French teacher in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. Growing up as part of a successful small business taught him a lot of what it takes to make it as an owner. Namely hard work, sacrifice, and intelligent investments. Throughout his career he has continually looked for ways to improve processes to make work more efficient and to save companies money. These improvements have ranged from automation of account reconciliations to brand new detailed forecasting of funding and cash for a $9 billion dollar portfolio. His passion for helping others develop creative solutions is what led him to management consulting and joining Startup Grind.