In 1961, Joe DiCesare was born to Tom and Anna Maria DiCesare and was the oldest of four children. Raised in Lakeland Florida, Joe attended Lakeland High School where lettered in Varsity football and basketball for 3 years before graduating in 1980. Following high school graduation, Joe received an athletic scholarship to play football for two years at Troy University and he was also a brother of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Joe graduated from Troy in 1984 with a B.S in Business Marketing.
In 1989, Joe married Susan DiCesare and they have been married for 27 years, residing in Lakeland Florida. The couple was blessed with two children; Thomas DiCesare (24) graduated from the University of Florida with a M.S in Real Estate and Julia DiCesare (23) is pursuing her M.S in Corporate Philanthropy at Columbia University in New York City. Joe and his family are members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Lakeland.
Joe has experience in the Material Handling Equipment industry for 33 years, specializing in Overhead Cranes, Hoists, Storage Racking and Fall Protection Systems. In 1994, Joe and his partner Todd Wall started Florida Handling Systems, Inc. located in Lakeland, Florida. As the company expanded in 1998, Joe and Todd moved the office to Bartow, Florida on Hwy 60. Today, Florida Handling Systems, Inc. is -now known as FHS, Inc.- is one of the leading overhead crane manufacturers in the Southeast.
Outside of his career and family life, Joe is an active member of the community. He serves on the Board of Platinum Bank Polk County, is a member of the Lakeland Economic Council, Wild Turkey Federation, Costal Conservation Association of Florida and the Lakeland High School Dreadnaught Football Booster Club.