Founder and CTO, Joel Patton currently resides in Springfield, Missouri with his wife, Laura, and their two children.  Joel is a highly motivated, experienced problem solver with a passion for developing ‘software that simplifies’. 

Joel graduated from Southwest Baptist University with a bachelor degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.  Upon graduation, Joel began working as an IT Consultant with a St. Louis based firm dedicated to serving small businesses in the greater St. Louis area.  As a quick study and hard worker, he was soon promoted to the role of Senior Consultant.  In this role, Joel acted as a trusted advisor for customers, providing services including server management, network management, helpdesk/pc support, custom application development, website development, and strategic infrastructure planning.  After several years of consulting, Joel took advantage of an opportunity to pursue his true technology passion in software development and began a career with a key company in the insurance software industry.  Again, he saw quick growth within the company, moving from a role as a developer to a technical lead to a team lead and finally to a solution architect role, being mentored by the CTO in less than two years.  Joel continued to work in similar roles within the insurance software industry, most notably for  an extremely successful Silicon-Valley start-up, until deciding to become a founding member of Deep Water Software.

When Joel is not following his technology passion, he enjoys serving as a youth worker alongside his wife at their church, participating in various team sport activities, and raising their two beautiful children.