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February 2024 IronOaks Pickleball Player Spotlight


Joe Koken

Member Spotlight

Submitted by Vy Armour


Meet Joe Koken, President of Iron Oaks Pickleball Club.



Joe retired from a long career as an executive with Andersen Windows. Originally from Youngstown Ohio, Joe and wife Kathie have lived in many states with his last assignment in Phoenix. After retirement in 2022, they moved from Ahwatukee to Sun Lakes where they are embracing the many amenities this community has to offer.


Joe took up pickleball less than two years ago and perhaps his former experience as a racquet ball player has helped him to advance to a 3.5 in a short time. When asked what advice he would give someone who was considering pickleball he said, “Just try it. It’s a multi-faceted activity that provides exercise, competitiveness and is a great social outlet.”


He volunteered as President with the desire to give back and become involved in his new community. His philosophy, applying the same principles he did in his business career, is to provide a better experience for customers and he considers our members the customer.


Just spending a short time with Joe, one is thankful to have a man of Joe’s experience and positive attitude on our board.


Joe and Kathie have three children—one in Tempe and two in Minnesota with two grandchildren who they visit frequently.

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