Meet The Journey Squad

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Marlon Madden

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Marlon Madden was born on the sunny island of Jamaican and moved to Canada when he was 5 years old. He moved back to Jamaica to finish high-school and fell in love with music and arranging songs. He moved to NY and there he really expressed his love for being an entrepreneur and had his my own taxi service at the age of 18.

Seeking to further develop himself he joined the United States Marine Corps November 12, 2002 and now is currently an analyst in Washington DC at the Pentagon.

He has been deployed 5 times to different countries in the Middle East such as Oman, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Bahrain and countless others. 

One of the hardest assignments he’s has done in the Marine Corps has been recruiting duty.

He has a bachelors in business administration with a concentration in finance and a MBA with a concentration in management. He started a Limited Liability company in 2006. Some of the business ventures that he has accomplished outside of the Marine Corps consist of a starting clothing store in Albany GA, also buying and selling homes. He has done upwards of 1.5 million dollars in real estate.

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Ricky Venters

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Ricky is recognized as an Engineer of Impact. Defying the odds,completed his Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and has achieved his Professional Engineering License. During his tenure in STEM related fields, Ricky recognized the increasing competitiveness in the industry and sought to become a source of inspiration and mentor to students and young professionals in STEM related fields.

 

Ricky has provided business development resources and vendor management systems for Johns Hopkins University Facilities and Real Estate department. Where he managed an annual construction portfolio of 150 million dollars, ensuring disadvantaged minority and women owned businesses were provided with opportunities. 

 

He currently works with Johns Hopkins to provide educational programming and mentorship opportunities for startups in the Baltimore area to help build the commercialization ecosystem. 

 

Ricky is the Author of two books, one of which is a best seller.