Joel built AccuWeather into a global weather leader that now serves over 1.5 billion people worldwide every day.
His story is one of passion, perseverance, and proven business success.
Dr. Joel N. Myers created AccuWeather at his kitchen table in 1962. He transformed his childhood dream into an international media company that now serves over 1.5 billion people worldwide everyday.
As a young boy who grew up in Philadelphia, Joel knew he wanted to make a business out of predicting the weather. In between school and his paper route, Joel spent time with his homemade weather station, predicting the weather and sending his reports to the U.S. Weather Bureau.
Once he entered Penn State as a meteorology student, Joel began building AccuWeather and transforming the weather industry. From a windowless office, he called potential customers, trying to sell them customized weather forecasts. He called more than 25,000 people. Nearly all said no.
But constant rejection didn’t slow Joel. With an entrepreneurial spirit and accurate forecasts, Joel grew AccuWeather into a company that now provides hourly and Minute by Minute ™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy ™ for nearly every location on Earth with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, television, the Internet as well as radio, television, and newspapers. Today, AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, serving over 240 of the Fortune 500 and thousands of other businesses, in addition to news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites.
Outside of AccuWeather’s headquarters in State College, Pennsylvania, Joel is an active member in the Penn State community. He served on Penn State’s Board of Trustees for more than 30 years. His philanthropic efforts include a gift of $2 million to Penn State for the creation of the state-of-the-art weather center teaching facility, as well as many scholarships and landmarks on campus, including the lion weather vane atop Beaver Stadium.
Joel was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the 520 greatest entrepreneurs in American history, along with Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Thomas Edison.