Joey was born in Fairhope, right around the corner from our downtown office at Thomas Hospital in 1979. He grew up in nearby Foley in a time before Wal-mart sold groceries and kids enjoyed the liberty of bike rides, well after dark-thirty, under the guiding lights of fireflies. Like many good southern boys, his favorite childhood pastimes were hunting and fishing. His most vivid summer break memories are of high tide fishing adventures on the Fort Morgan Peninsula with his late Father. On the weekends, he and his Grandfather wore out every honey hole they could find along the brackish banks of Wolf and Sandy Creeks.
After graduation, Joey joined the Volunteer Fire Department in Magnolia Springs and took the first step towards a career that allowed him to help people, thereby satisfying a long-standing interest in search and rescue that was likely born from his boyhood affiliation with the Civil Air Patrol. He was hired by the Daphne Fire Department in 1999. Christmas night of that same year, Joey fell through a weakened flight of stairs while battling an apartment fire and got trapped for what he recalls as one of the most frightening few minutes of his life. In 2005, he was promoted to Captain and swiftly rose to the rank of Battalion Chief the following year. Joey maintains that rank today serving as a Shift Commander, Communications Coordinator and Department Emergency Manager, while supervising a total of 14 subordinates, to include 4 lieutenants.
In 2007, Joey was introduced to his future wife, Christy. A group of his guys, who had just passed paramedic school, invited Joey out to eat with them to celebrate. Little did he know that accepting their invitation would change his life, as he would fatefully end that evening by flirtatiously texting Christy via a friend's phone. This chance blind date, by modern day standards, evolved into an inseparable bond, and the couple would exchange wedding vows with their toes in the Orange Beach sand in 2008. Much like her husband, Christy felt called to serve, yet she would become very ill while attending nursing school. Her symptoms pointed to an auto-immune disorder that left her liver severely damaged. By the grace of God, she underwent a successful liver transplant in November of 2015. Today, the couple greets every healthy moment spent together as a gift, thereby setting a humbling example of pure gratitude for the things in life that are granted but never guaranteed.
Being a very humble man, Joey is not fond of broadcasting his primary motivation for earning his real estate license. Yet, the reality is that Christy's illness has made it possible for her to only participate in part-time employment and as you might imagine her medical expenses are ample, to say the least. That said, real estate is in his blood. His mom has been a successful real estate agent in Baldwin County for over 30 years. I believe Joey sees real estate, yet, another higher calling; a way to provide for his wife while in the service of others. Joey is all heart, a heart that was born to serve. Joey serves the needs of others before his own. As a career fireman, he has taken an oath of service that transcends self for the sake of strangers. He has brought that servant mindset with him into the real estate industry and I don't believe you'll find a more devoted advocate.
When Joey is not building his real estate business on core values of honesty and integrity, you will likely find him at home with his family. He will tell you that spending time with family and enjoying life's many blessings with the one's he loves is what is most important to him in this world, and I think that tells you pretty much all you need to know about Joey Holasz, the man, the firefighter, the Realtor.
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