Joseph Hassan, President

Joseph Hassan

One of the original inventors of Nitey Leash, Joe first served as the company’s Chief Operations Officer before assuming the role of President in 2016. Prior to that, Joe, a graduate of Emory University who had started off a pre-med student, worked as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.

Joe launched his first business venture when he was in grade school, enlisting the help of his young friends to turn their families’ favorite recipes into mini, kid-friendly cookbooks (all transcribed on an electronic typewriter), which they then sold door to door. A few years later, he and his best friend started a holiday cookie-making business that became a huge hit in their hometown of Wakefield, Rhode Island.

An avid writer and news junky, Joe interned at CNN during his undergraduate studies and, to this day, always finds time to write. His writing has been published in The New York Times and Out magazine, where he served as a contributing writer and had the chance to interview some of the people he finds most fascinating, including David Sedaris and Ellen Burstyn.

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