Joseph G. Penkala, J.D.
Joe is the president and founder of Compass Strategies, LLC. He focuses his representation on companies with market capitalizations ranging from $50M to $10B operating in the healthcare, biotechnology, defense and homeland security sectors. Joe has been interviewed about political and military affairs in several publications to include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Herald and TIME Magazine.
Previously, Joe worked at an investment firm that assisted small and medium sized companies obtain capital through public and private placements. He continued to encourage the development of emerging growth companies through his involvement on the legislative board of BioFlorida, Florida's statewide industry association dedicated to expanding the state's life science base. He is a lifetime member of the National Defense Industrial Association.
Joe is the former executive director of a state political party, served as the finance director for a United States senator and as a finance consultant to a successful gubernatorial campaign. He was appointed to former Florida Governor Charlie Crist's statewide veterans' policy advisory committee and was named as a co-chair for former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum's campaign. Joe also served as Senator John McCain's national service academy outreach coordinator for McCain's presidential campaign in 2000 and was asked to serve as a Republican National Committee marshal for former President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election.
Joe is a veteran of both the Iraq War and the initial NATO deployment to Bosnia. He has served as both an artillery officer and in the Judge Advocate General's office where he participated in the review of government contracts. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School. Joe is a co-founder of The Veterans for National Security Foundation (www.thevnsf.org) and is a member of the board of directors for the West Point Society of the Palm Beaches.
Joe earned a B.S. from the United States Military Academy and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law. He has also performed graduate work at Harvard University. Joe resides in Jupiter, FL with his wife, Karin, their son, J.P.
Joseph G. Penkala, J.D.