Joe Apgar is the President of Pelotonia, which was established in 2008 with the objective to fund lifesaving cancer research and today is a rapidly growing non-profit. In this role, he is responsible for leading all aspects of Pelotonia’s operations and ensuring the success of the organization’s strategic plan.
Joe is a cancer survivor and was diagnosed with testicular cancer during his senior year of college. Joe began riding and fundraising for Pelotonia after being declared cancer-free. After graduating from Penn State University with a degree in finance, he spent eight years working at Rockbridge Capital, a Columbus-based private equity firm. While at Rockbridge, Joe was a member of the founding team of RTRX, a three-day leadership experience initially
launched as an event for the hospitality industry to support cancer research. Today, RTRX now raises more than $500,000 annually for Pelotonia. Joe previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Pelotonia, where he focused on leading the organization’s day-to-day operations, community engagement, event planning, technology, and marketing. Prior to this role, he focused on strategic fundraising and operational initiatives aimed at growing the reach of the Pelotonia community.
Joe was named to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2020 by Columbus Business First and the Future 50 Class of 2021 by Columbus CEO Magazine. Joe was also selected as a member of the 2022 Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School along with nine other young, high-impact leaders from Columbus. He is a passionate advocate for adoption and young adult cancer survivorship, and he speaks frequently about the importance of cancer research, advocacy, survivorship, and the unique challenges faced by adolescent and young adult survivors.
Joe lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Jill, and his daughter, Cora.