Ortus Academy is made up of people that love to create possibility for our future leaders, including members of our team! Here's a little about us.
We know money matters.
We believe Financial Intelligence matters more!
Financial Intelligence means understanding more than the mechanics of money, but also the habits and emotions that drive our financial behaviors.
This sort of financial education can inspire and empower better people, families, schools, and communities.
We believe that in order to have a meaningful life, an individual needs to be financially intelligent.
We like to ask the deeper questions. The topic of money doesn't have to be taboo. The more we talk about and understand our habits, behaviors, and mindset, the more we understand our Why and can make Financially Intelligent decisions.
Our beliefs, habits, and decisions around money have a profound impact on our lives.
Money effects our daily lives and plans, including our decisions around where we live, what we can learn, and how comfortable, secure, and free we feel. This varies from person to person of course, but the common thread is the same. Money affects our emotional and physical well being, and plays a large role in our sense of purpose, pride, providing for our family, and productivity. Money is essential to life.
Yet -- Money is a topic that the world offers very little wisdom about.
This absence of good guidance leaves us to learn too little too late, or through hardship and struggle, and for money to remain largely taboo, ignored, or unknown.
It is time we change all of that.
This is why we started Ortus Academy -- to give young adults the education, resources, and community to have the best opportunity to navigate their finances as they grow. Our Foundations courses teach the core components to get off to a good start. Our Stability Courses teach those responsible for their financial choices already to get or regain control and then grow. Our Growth courses help those ready for the next step reach new heights in life.
Our social impact is to empower communities through education, one person or group at a time!
Why Ortus Academy Exists:
Meet Our Leadership Team
CEO & Co-Founder
Aaron Velky brings to the team an award winning leadership style, deep experience as a coach, and an in-depth knowledge of business operations, sales, social marketing and business development. Aaron also coaches youth girls soccer, is an avid athlete, author, mentors entrepreneurs, participates in local causes, and loves self-development.
COO & Co-Founder
Josh Massey brings to the team an acclaimed teaching and coaching history and an in-depth knowledge of systems development, leadership, marketing, and business development. Fun fact, Josh earned his third degree black belt in Hapkido, and lead hundreds of students to earn theirs while head instructor of a Martial Arts school.
Gabe Bustos brings years of educational program management and development to the Ortus team. Gabe leads our team in curriculum development, building our online lessons, and he is an amazing mentor to our team of interns. In his spare time, Gabe plays harmonica in a blues band, one of many he has played in and toured with over the years.
Wealth Strategist, Partner
Ben Lyons shares his business experience, financial expertise, and leadership wisdom as our wealth strategist. His ability to break down complicated wealth principles and mindset development strategies is a welcome addition to the team. Ben has a wife and family and loves to golf and build businesses.
Our X3 Team Members
Our X3 Team Members are are working with us to get eXperience, eXposure, and eXcellence - simply stated, it is what we have decided to call our internship program. Our goal is to provide them with meaningful projects that engage them in our businesses beyond a traditional intern relationship. These individuals bring value to Ortus Academy and the expectation is we will do the same.
X3 - Instagram Manager
Leanna is an entrepreneur and real estate investor and aspiring film director. Oh, and she recently graduated high school! She lives in Florida and works with our team remotely to help us manage and grow our Instagram channel and is a youth voice for our company.
X3 Team Member
Stacking Benjamins - Adulting During the Age of Coronavirus (plus an intro to Ortus Academy)
Technical.ly Baltimore - These are the top 20 Baltimore tech companies
Medium - EdTech founders highlight student success at annual showcase
Technical.ly Baltimore - 10 Baltimore EdTech StartUps Bring Tools to Classrooms
Front Row Dads Podcast - A Financial Intelligence Course with Aaron Velky
Millionaire Mindcast - Interview with Aaron Velky
Purpose Chasers Podcast - Interview with Aaron Velky
Technical.ly Baltimore - A Look at the graduates of the Conscious Venture Lab
Business, L ife and Coffee Podcast - Are you more financially literate than a 5th grader? with Aaron Velky
Technical.ly Baltimore - Conscious Venture Lab names new accelerator cohort
The You'est You Podcast - The Power Trio: Fear, Purpose & Financial Intelligence
Towson Lifestyle - Towson Men to Watch - Aaron Velky
Baltimore Business Journal - MD bills call for financial literacy in schools & prisons
Baltimore Business Journal - The Tech and Education of Ortus Academy
Out of the Box Radio Show - Interview with Aaron Velky from Ortus Academy
Our origin story
It all started with a game of laser tag...
Aaron & Josh met playing a game -- an epic laser tag battle that has still gone without agreement on a winner (Josh won). From that competition, the two struck up an ongoing conversation, which delved into philosophy, learning from lessons in life, and the hard and knowledge needed to succeed.
Our approach is more than financial literacy....
Ortus Academy provides games, courses, coaches, and experiences for students to develop Financial Intelligence.
We believe in 6 simple (but hard to embody) things...