Joe Smarro is a decorated combat veteran from the United States Marine Corps. He honorably served two tours to Afghanistan and Iraq with the 1st Battalion 4th Marines. Once Joe’s Marine Corps enlistment ended, he moved to south Texas where he joined the San Antonio Police Department, in 2005. After working four years on patrol, he was one of the original members of the Mental Health Unit of the San Antonio Police Department. Joe helped grow their mental health unit into a nationally recognized best practice policing unit – identified under the Obama administration.
Joe has been featured in multiple media outlets, namely he provided a TEDx talk in 2018, titled: I See You, has been featured in three separate documentaries, and was the main subject in an award-winning HBO Documentary titled: Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops
Joe earned the Hector Garza award for being the top graduate at Wayland Baptist University when he earned his bachelor’s degree. Following college, Joe went to Texas A&M University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and earned a certificate in veteran’s entrepreneurship. He is the founder and CEO of SolutionPoint+ which is a national training and consulting firm that focuses on cultivating mental wellness to maximize human capital and promote safety within organizations.
Joe left the San Antonio Police Department in September of 2020 to run his company full-time. He has provided talks and trainings all over the country and does not hesitate to share his audacious goal of eradicating suicide within first responder agencies.