Aric spent the first decade of his career building and delivering on vertically integrated disruptive production systems for Time Inc and Hearst. The second decade he spent converting that experience into enterprise level models that start with meaningful activity and build out entire organizations in support of those outcomes. Aric co-founded Hopela, Inc. and took it through Startup Next and First Look Forum.

Within the MBA program at Western, Aric developed the Consulting Capstone, a five-month comprehensive enterprise management engagement that brings MBA curricula and real world strategy projects together in a structured process that catalyzes organizational progress. He developed creative projects for the Wall Street Journal, Sony Entertainment, MTV Networks/Comedy Central, Columbia Journalism Review, McSweeney’s, Bomb Magazine, the Studio Museum in Harlem and Volume. Aric’s photographs are published, exhibited and collected internationally. He is a strategy and creative advisor for Vision Not Victim.

Aric has an MFA from Pratt Institute, where he co-founded the Pratt Artists' League and directed the first ever exhibition of graduating artists from all of New York City's art programs, juried by Robert Storr, Michael Brenson and Susan Hort. His MBA is from Western Washington University, where he began developing the processes that integrate his experience with MBA level enterprise management.