Joel graduated from UT Knoxville as a civil engineer and opened McAlexander Engineering in 1980. He has owned several businesses over the years including restaurants, apartments, health clubs, etc. Gold's gym has been under his ownership for over 20 years. However, land development has always been his passion.
Both of Joel's children, Shane and his sister Cindy graduated from J.C.M. & Mississippi State and are also civil engineers. Shane came to work with Joel in 1994 and since they have had many successful real-estate ventures. They now have a real estate agent in the family, Shane's wife Nikki, who works for Town and Country Realty.
Cindy graduated from Mississippi State in 1998, worked as a civil engineer for J. R. Wauford & Company in Jackson, TN and for Neel-Schaffer Inc. in Jackson, MS before returning to Tennessee as a partner in McAlexander Engineering.