As Vice President of Corporate Development / Mergers & Acquisitions for the Vortex Companies, Ram focuses on both the planning, development and execution of business performance metrics. This extends across multiple business functions such as finance & accounting, operations and in some cases, sales & marketing. Additionally, his efforts focus on the identification, initial assessment, diligence and execution of all potential acquisition targets alongside Legal Counsel, Quin Breland. Together, they collectively manage and execute the entire lifecycle of all M&A transactions.
Prior to the Vortex Companies Ram owned and managed a small business consulting firm based in Annapolis, MD, Vela Associates LLC. The Company targeted clients that were pre-revenue or early in their revenue generation and aided in key areas such as implementing business development strategies, marketing & advertising and private capital fundraising. Prior to that Ram was a Senior Analyst at Greenspring Associates, a full-service provider of venture capital solutions.
Ram is a 2010 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics. While there, Ram was also a standout varsity football player and Distinguished Graduate Award recipient. He currently resides in Annapolis, MD, with his wife, Jennifer Collins Vela.