Joel Welker was named president and publisher of the Birmingham Business Journal in June 2008. Prior to moving to Birmingham, he worked as advertising director for the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the South Florida Business Journal, which are sister publications of the BBJ and also owned by American City Business Journals. Before starting his career with ACBJ, he worked for 13 years at Harte-Hanks Communications. He is a member of the Birmingham Business Leadership Group. Welker was born in Connecticut and grew up in Miami. He has a 22-year-old son named Carson.