A heart for veterans

Center Grove Schools, Central Nine board member donates to local veterans in need

By Nancy Price

U.S. Air Force veteran Joe Hubbard knew he wanted to enlist in the military way before graduating from Mooresville High School in 1990.

“As a child, I always looked up to my grandpa who was in the Army and stormed the beaches of Normandy; he was my hero,” Hubbard said. “I always wanted to follow in his footsteps and serve my country, learn a trade and see the world. I chose the USAF because, at the time, they were ones who provided me with a career I had an interest in.”

Hubbard owns ATM Indy and ATMs for Veterans, which donates a percentage of projects to local fraternal organizations that help Indiana veterans. He was a supervisor of manufacturing at Eli Lilly and Company for 13 years and owned multiple restaurants throughout central Indiana. He serves on the Center Grove Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees as secretary and is vice president for the Governing Board of Central Nine Career Center.

Hubbard and his wife, Brittney, have two daughters: Alison and Kaylee, who attend Center Grove schools. He enjoys going to church, working out, building and riding motorcycles and collecting cars.

What is your greatest virtue?

What you see is what you get. I am always honest, heartfelt and unfiltered. At the end of the day I try to treat people the way I want to be treated.

What upsets you?

People who will not own their mistakes and continue to push blame on others.

What do you like best about Center Grove?

I choose to live and raise my family in this community because of the area’s low crime, safety in the area as well as the school district. But shortly realized that everyone here loves to help each other out and choose this area for similar reasons as me.

What’s your favorite Southside eatery?

Red Sun. My family loves supporting small businesses that are owned by local residents.

If you had to live anywhere else in the Metro Indianapolis area, where would it be?

Somewhere out in the country with a bit of property.

If you could begin life over, what would you change?

Spend more time with my loved ones who are no longer here.

If money were no issue, how would you spend it?

There are a lot of people out there who have great ideas on how to improve or invent something and I would try to help provide them with the platform to make that dream a reality.  Invest in my community.

What makes you happiest?

Seeing my children laugh.

Pick three adjectives that best describe you.

motivated, direct and persistent

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Cancun, Mexico

Joe Hubbard.

What do you do with idle time?  

Work on small projects around my house or catch up on my favorite shows/movies.

What would you change about our culture if you could?

I would love for people to spend less time on their phones and social media and more time enjoying time with family and friends.

How do you escape from reality?

Go on vacation, go to the gym or disappear into a Netflix series.

What do you love most in life?

I have a wonderful group of friends and family that mean the world to me.

Which living person in Center Grove do you most admire?

My dad. Howard Allen.

What quality do you admire most in another person?

Work ethic

What is your greatest extravagance?

I bought a bright orange Lamborghini.

What is your greatest fear?

That I will outlive one of my girls. Parents should never have to bury a child.

What has been the happiest time of your life?

Becoming a father.

Is there a special talent you really wish you had?

Playing a guitar and singing.

What do you most value in your friends?

Their wonderful ability to accept me for me, flaws and all.

Which historical figure do you most admire?

Walt Disney.  His vision has made countless children and adults smile, love and laugh.

What tenet do you live by?

Put faith in Jesus Christ

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I give my entire school board salary back to the school to help pay for the free and reduced lunch for students in the community.