By Antwon Osley
It would be hard to say that MRA associate Joe Warfield has any bad days, gets offended or offensive, has been criticized, ri
diculed, or shown in a negative light. From the time he walks in the building, and until he leaves the building, he is usually smiling and socializing with the majority of Humana associates.
Famous reggae artist and legend Bob Marley had a real popular song called, “No woman no cry ,” in the 1970s. Marley’s meaning
behind the song was reassuring his woman that the slum they live in won’t get her down, and everything will be alright.
In comparison, Joe takes the meaning of Marley’s song and puts it into play with other associates at work, and throughout life i
“I had to learn how to balance things and maintain a positive outlook and attitude about life,” Joe said. “It’s also about learning how to forgive and to not hold grudges.”
Joe said he applied these things at a very early age, realizing that having social skills and a great work ethic would take him
to places he could only dream or imagine as a
As a 7th grader, Joe produced and directed his own talent show at Iroquois Middle School to raise money for his class to take
a field trip. A graduate of Doss High School, Joe would also volunteer in organizing and producing events at his church and school.
However, it was at George Mason University where dreams were starting to become a reality for Joe in television production. Majoring in communications with a concentration in television production, his first internship was at a PBS station where he worked under Sharon Rockefeller, wife of West Virginia Senator John Davison “Jay” Rockefeller IV. After college, other internships, such as the FOX radio station in Washington, D.C., eventually led him one full time job, and two part-time jobs in television production. He spent six years working as an associate producer at the popular TV station BET (Black Entertainment Television), and contracting for Retirement Living Television and TVOne on a show called, “Get the Hook Up,” which was a game dating show.
While living out his dreams in television production, things slowly came to a halt, after what Joe describes as the economy taking a turn for the worst. “I felt like I needed a break, and I was tired of traveling,” he said. In order to get a fresh new start, Joe moved back to Louisville and has been working at Humana for about three years.
Even though things may have taken a turn for the worst when it comes to the economy, they have not taken a turn for the worst for Joe, because he is still smiling.
“A smile can make a difference,” he said. “I don’t dwell on anything in the past, I just move on and push forward.” In the midst of moving on and pushing forward, Joe says he recently signed a marketing contract for a toy he created called “ Your Personality in a Box.”
And yes....he still smiling.
The Warfield File:
The son of Teresa G.W. Johnson and James Warfield Senior. Joe has three brothers, James Warfield, John Warfield and Mark Johnson . He has one
sister, Dee Johnson. His mother was a minister of music for several churches and plays the piano and organ. Joe also sings an
d has perform a several local and national venues and music festivals.