The Story of Joey

The inspiration of the SWADE ethos comes directly from a beloved family member, Joey. Our co-founder’s Uncle Joey grew up with the generation of Baby Boomers, with virtues of an “apple-pie” Americana, yearning for the security offered by "normal" family life.

Joey was talented, spirited, creative and loving. His positive attitude, confidence, humor, integrity, love, loyalty and respect for everyone around him was infectious. He lived his life to the fullest, loving every minute he spent with his family and friends, sharing smiles and laughter with everyone that crossed his path.

On October 25, 1985, Joey sadly passed away at the age of 42 from AIDS.

Joey’s mantra was to have “LOVE in your life, RESPECT yourself, and others will give you BALANCE for you to live in HARMONY.” These attributes are what made him stand out and embody the characteristics and qualities that help make this world a better place. That is what made him SWADE.

Together, with their families, our founders live each day grounded by Joey’s inspiration.