A visionary leader, Ricky is always looking for innovative solutions to challenging business problems, drawing on his years of experience in strategic performance management, change management, alliance management and policy development with startups and in the engineering and real estate fields.
“Technology can enhance operational strategies and business practices, preparing organizations to meet internal and external expectations and setting them up for exponential growth” — Ricky Venters
Ricky is a licensed professional engineer with a background in mechanical engineering. Prior to Hartman, he designed systems for hospitals, museums, K-12 schools, higher education and commercial buildings. After a transition to the construction industry, he became an owner’s representative for The Johns Hopkins Hospital and University, where he procured and managed contracts totaling up to $300 MM annually for construction management, general contracting, design and commissioning services. Also at Hopkins, Ricky facilitated workshops for startups focused on customer discovery, end-user experience and value propositions.
Outside of work, Ricky spends time with his wife and three boys who enjoy traveling, sports and hiking together. He is also a small business coach with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Baltimore program, as well as a mentor with the Innovation Works Mentor Network and a member of the strategic steering committee for the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education.