My name is Donny Joe and I’m a dart player from Houston, Texas. I have 20+ years of dart tournament experience. During that time, I’ve had the good fortune to compete against many of the top players in the world.
In 2011, I acquired Monster Barrels Design and L-Style as sponsors. Both companies are from Japan and their generous support enables me to focus on becoming the best that I can be and compete in this wonderful game that I love. In early 2012, Monster released my new signature steel and soft tip darts named “Hades”.
The Hades originally debuted in 22gm and 24gm steel tip and 18gm soft tip.
The current “Hades II” version comes in 22gm Steel, 20gm soft tip (2BA), 18gm soft tip (No. 5).
I travel throughout North America to compete on the American Darts Organization (ADO) and Championship Darts Circuit tournaments. I’ve also played many of the top British and European dart professionals in the world in the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) tournaments. Between 1998-2000, I gained international tournament experience while living and working as an American ex-pat in England. During that time, I competed in several British Darts Organization (BDO)/World Darts Federation (WDF) sanctioned tournaments in several countries in both the UK and in Europe.
Although steel tip is my primary passion, I play soft tip tournaments too. Since 1992, I’ve competed in the Arachnid Bullshooter soft tip Regional and World Championship tournaments. Most recently, I’ve been traveling to scenic destinations across Asia and Europe to compete in the professional soft tip world championship series known as THE WORLD.
Outside of darts, my other passions include eating and growing hot peppers, savory foods, poker (No Limit Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha), and kayak fishing on the Texas gulf coast. In my younger days, I enjoyed successful careers as a tournament racquetball player and as a motocross racer.
I am the father of a wonderful teenage son named Brandon who shares my zest for life. He always sets high goals for himself and he pursues those goals with a level of dedication and passion that inspires me and makes me very proud.
I have a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin. I’ve worked in industry as an Information Technology (IT) professional and I’ve worked for large business consulting firms providing services to global energy clients. My expertise lies in energy trading and risk management technologies, change management, processes and controls, and project management. I am also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
My professional background as an IT person and a business consultant influence the way I express myself in words and how I see things. In my professional world, I deal with a wide band of subjects which span from strategic and visionary to tactical and detailed. Thus, my writings on darts may range from somewhat abstract to highly technical.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy my blog. 🙂