Joe is 62 years of age and the father of two boys, Joseph age 27 and Sgt. August Desson, USMC age 22. He has been married to his wife Mary Ann for 37 years. Joe started his real estate career in the late 1970’s in Quincy, California, just over the border from Reno, Nevada. In 1984 he obtained his real estate brokers license and in 1985 purchased his own ERA franchise in Quincy, with a branch office in a nearby community. This discretionary market was very similar to that found in Cody. Most of his buyers were mature couples and families purchasing second or retirement properties. In 1988 Joe agreed to merge his office with two other companies forming the largest real estate brokerage firm in the area. That same year he purchased his home in Cody and started to make plans to relocate. Family and business obligations kept Joe and his family in California until the spring of 1992 when he sold out his business interests and moved to Wyoming. Joe has been with Coldwell Banker Antlers Realty, Inc. as an Associate/Broker since then. Mr. Desson has been active as a developer in California and Wyoming and has represented clients in marketing their developments as well. He has consistently been in the top twenty five percent in sales in Wyoming in the last eight years. Joe continues to be active in the community as a 4-H Youth Leader, a volunteer and guest lecturer at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. In addition, he is a Hunter Education Instructor for the Wyoming Game & Fish. Joe further was on the board for the Stampede Committee and has held leadership positions on our local real estate board. Joe has maintained an excellent working relationship with the various local attorneys, lenders, state and local regulatory agencies. Joe’s philosophy as it applies to his personal and business life is to treat customers and clients as potential neighbors. Joe works very hard to make sure that the details to every transaction are well disclosed. The numerous customers who remain a personal friend of Joe’s after the transaction is finished is a tribute to the success of his philosophy.