Our Entrepreneurs

Venture Expeditions

Ryan Skoog & Aaron Smith

Ryan, Venture's co-founder, oversees finances, development, staff, and board. Ryan earned his MBA from University of Saint Thomas's Schultz School of Entrepreneurship before founding two companies, Fly for Good and International Volunteer Card, which serve customers such as Harvard University, Invisible Children, and Youth With A Mission. He has presented and shared at colleges and churches internationally and has visited many places Venture works (such as Tibet, Burma, Kenya, and Zimbabwe) to spread the tangible love of Jesus. Ryan enjoys anything outdoors that involves adrenaline, such as skydiving, snowboarding, surfing, kayaking, and mountain biking. Ryan and his wife, Rachel, have two ginger-headed kids, Colin and Sydney.

Aaron founded Venture Expeditions while still attending North Central University in 2002. After he graduated with a Journalism BA in 2004, he fostered Venture into a growing non-profit organization with a philosophy of Christian compassion at the center. He led several cross-country bicycle tours in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Aaron focuses on communications, design, campaign coordination, and future planning. He often commutes by bike to the Venture office and enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with family. Together with his wife, Krista, they parent two children, Alaithia and Jotham. Aaron and his family desire to relocate to Thailand in three to five years to develop Venture Projects in SE Asia and serve refugees and hill-tribe people.

Venture Expeditions creates adventure-driven campaigns for people to benefit the world and search their souls. What began as a long-distance cycling trip to raise money for missions has grown into a community that combines physical sacrifice with spiritual disciplines to raise support for the poor, unreached and vulnerable. Venture facilitates everything from cross-country bicycling tours, to hiking trips and localized running challenges to promote Biblical justice and bring hope to hurting people. Through these programs, Venture works to bring glory to God in areas where God is not glorified.

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