Experience is a great teacher. Reflection about that experience will take you even further. 

Josh Massey

Ortus Academy COO & Co-Founder

Protector | Investor

Josh Massey brings to the team an acclaimed teaching and coaching history and an in-depth knowledge of business operations, systems building, leadership, marketing and business development. 

He earned his third degree black belt in Hapkido, and from 2005 to 2012 was a Lead Instructor and Program Director of that school - this was where his passion for teaching was realized. He helped grow the business from less that 100 students to nearly 300. While countless students earned their black belts under Josh's instruction, he is most proud of the leadership development course he and his team designed. He successfully ran the program for 4 years before deciding to go back to finish his Bachelor's degree at UMBC - at 32.

It's worth noting, when Josh was 13 a rather tragic medical event occurred. He was told by the doctors, "I'm sorry, but you'll never walk again." He spent two years re-learning how to walk, twice, and underwent corrective surgeries. The result, his right hip was completely fused - no mobility at all. This instilled a level of resilience in him that has allowed him to overcome obstacles and develop a growth mindset that is apparent even today. While he might not be able to do things the way other do, he finds his own way, blazes his own trail, and treats life like the entrepreneur we all want to be. 

Josh is the first person in his family to complete a bachelor’s degree, an incredibly important aspect of Josh's goals. In 2014, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Leadership Development & Social Entrepreneurship. Since graduating, he has launched two for-profit businesses, took one to acquisition, helped coach entrepreneurs, and co-founded Ortus Academy. In 2015, he moved into a formal teaching position as Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship &  Business at Howard Community College. In 2018, he left this role to rejoin the Ortus Team full time and began his Master's Degree in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Leadership - returning to UMBC. 

Baltimore is home for Josh, his wife, and young daughter. He is passionate about making a difference in the city and is committed to making it better for those that live here, especially our youth. His connections to the business world and local entrepreneurs provide a great value to the undergraduate students who volunteer with our programs and his history as an educator provide insights to our in-depth curriculum development and the culture that has attracted and retained talent. ​

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