Build a process. Learn to love learning, failing, and working hard and you'll be able to accomplish anything.
Ortus Academy CEO & Co-Founder
Spender | Investor
Aaron Velky brings to the team an award-winning managerial style, deep experience as a coach, and an in-depth knowledge of business operations, leadership, social media marketing and business development. Aaron is the visionary and prolific public voice behind Ortus Academy. He is the person responsible for growing the community components of the business - with the public, our volunteers, our advisory board, and our investors.
Aaron is an outspoken thought leader on education reform, and his speeches always indicate passion and purpose. His leadership, salesmanship, and eccentric personality lend itself to be a cutting edge financial voice for a new generation. His focus on culture, development of our team members, and sustainable approach to growth - both personal and business focused, lends itself to the nature of the Ortus Academy's mission. The employees and volunteers that join the business are empowered to grow personally, challenge status quo, march towards their best self and build things on their own. That legacy is driven by Aaron’s overwhelming interest in the person over the performance.
Aaron graduated from UMBC in 2009 with a degree in Financial Economics, and was a walk-on member of the Men’s Division One Varsity Soccer Team. After graduation, he rapidly was promoted in the Towson University student housing arena. His expertise landed him a managerial role at the newly opened 929 Apartments, inside the EBDI footprint of East Baltimore. There he developed and implemented a system of internal simplification and and lead a community involvement initiative inside of a redevelopment project.
During his time managing apartments, Aaron also coached youth soccer with Pipeline Soccer Club as a part-time outlet. He quickly fell in love with youth empowerment, and found his impact was reaching far beyond the soccer field. He excels at coaching youth - but uses soccer as the vehicle to teach the importance of combining creativity with hard work, successfully blending athletic experiences with failure re-calibration, and finding educational success.
In May of 2015, Aaron left full-time employment to take his business experience, financial education, coaching strategies, and passion for community engagement to Baltimore. He left a promising career for the betterment of Baltimore's youth and the pursuit of his dreams - Ortus Academy had it's full-time leader.
When he isn't leading our team, Aaron is still involved with coaching youth girls soccer, is an avid runner and gym rat, coaches other entrepreneurs, enjoys reading and listening to podcasts on personal development, and travels the world (often for free - ask him how).