Tom and Estelle Joachim came from different backgrounds, but they have both been hard workers all their lives, and this philosophy just seemed like the logical way to make their dreams come true. Tom and Estelle met during their senior year in high school. Estelle, the daughter of an Army colonel, had moved 11 times and gone to 13 different schools by the time she met Tom.
Tom had come from a very large and very close family, and opening his heart to others was quite easy for him. Tom and Estelle went to college together, both in five-year undergraduate programs. Working hard to graduate in four years, Tom received a degree in electrical engineering, and Estelle earned degrees in elementary and special education.
After graduation, Tom took a job with the Department of the Navy in Washington, DC, and Estelle began teaching right after they were married. Despite the fact that they were two professionals with college degrees, they could barely afford a one-bedroom apartment in the northern Virginia area. Enrolling in graduate school with hopes of getting ahead seemed to be the answer.
Then one day at work Tom overheard a conversation in his boss’s office that would end up changing their lives forever. It was an opportunity to start a business on a part time basis. Tom and Estelle could use their time and their work ethic to build their own business and create a different and brighter future for their family.
They had very little time to spare, because they were both continuing to work full time and were both back in school. Tom was enrolled in a combined masters/doctorate program in computer engineering and Estelle was attending graduate school for her master’s degree in special education. But they thought they could make their own business work, so they used the time that they had left wisely and really made it count.
Their strategy paid off and the Joachims eventually built their business to a level where Estelle was able to retire from teaching and become a full-time mom to their two sons, Tommy and Danny. Then in 1995 Tom was able to leave his job, saying good-bye to a supervisory position with the federal government.
As the Joachims have achieved success in their business, they also give their time and energy to support worthwhile charities. They are especially active supporting Easter Seals and the U.S. Dream Academy due to the programs these organizations have developed to meet the needs of children and returning veterans. The Joachims truly understand the value of helping others and have made it a priority in their lives.
Today the Joachims have a lifestyle they could have only dreamed about years ago. They have a beautiful home and they enjoy traveling together around the world. However, they are most proud of having had the opportunity to be full-time parents and mentors to their two incredible sons. Through hard work, determination, and a ‘never-quit’ attitude, the Joachims’ dreams continue to come true.