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Joe Lowry Jr.


Written By: Yesi Sevilla

jljIMPACT Profile
Lowry believes in following his parents’ example of giving back to the community and staying involved. He has been active in various community organizations such as the Rotary Club of Downtown Gainesville, Junior Achievement of Alachua County, Leadership Gainesville 33, The Education Foundation of North Central Florida, Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lowry is very committed to maintaining and teaching critical financial literacy to young people in Greater Gainesville. He also teaches a program every year for F.W. Buchholz High School, where he spends 12-13 weeks working with students.

Greatest IMPACT
According to Lowry, his greatest joy comes from his children, who are a continual source of happiness in his life. He does not take credit for this accomplishment alone — he also credits his amazing wife and feels that their children came with pretty great programming from the start.

IMPACT Passion
Lowry is most passionate about the education of young people; many children are disadvantaged early on, so he focuses on improving the potential for success for all youngsters. He is also passionate about his health and has made dramatic improvements over the past five and a half years.

IMPACT Expectations
During the past 25 years, his family has seen the continual growth that makes Greater Gainesville a desirable college town. Lowry feels there is significant forward momentum that will make the area attractive to people relocating, even if they have no affiliation with the University of Florida. People want to build things here that have permanence, says Lowry, and that kind of thinking leads to exciting and long-term opportunities for many.

Surprise IMPACT
Lowry spent two years in college serving as a Spanish-speaking volunteer missionary in southern California close to the U.S./Mexico border. This time had a profound impact on his life, and hardly a day goes by for him without thinking about his experiences and the people he met there.

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