Scott A. Macri from Aerial Portfolios, LLC
Business Name: Aerial Portfolios, LLC
Member Name: Scott A. Macri
Business Address: 15060 Gaines Mill Circle Haymarket, VA 20169
Business Phone: 571-234-1581
Business Website: www.AerialPortfolios.com
When and why did you decide to start your own company?
I’ve started Aerial Portfolios as a result of a life long obsession with flying, videography, photography, and a sense of career independence. When I saw my first quadcopter (drone) I immediately became interested in getting one. I sold a bunch of my recreational equipment (like my kayak ) to purchase my first high end drone. I’ve had several drones over the years from toys to professional quality.
How does your business serve the local community?
Aerial Portfolios serves the local community by offering quality services. We give back to the community by providing volunteer services to local nonprofit organizations.
Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession.
Every day I get to fly my drone is a great moment. It’s the best job in the world, flying a shoebox size device with a miniature camera at 400 feet above the ground to take video and photos. What’s not to love about that? Earning a living doing something you love is a great feeling.
Tell us about your experience with the HGBA. How has it supported you in your local business?
HGBA is wonderful and I love being a member. I’ve met tons of new people, which has opened unlimited networking potential. I’ve made a number of new friends via HGBA as well. HGBA has supported my business goals by offering networking opportunities. They even provide support on business related topics, free marketing, advertising, and provide connections with individuals interested in our services.
What are the top three business tips and tricks can you offer other professionals?
1) Never give up, no matter how difficult times get.
2) Offer the highest quality products and services.
3) Don’t take shortcuts if they compromise the quality of your products and services.
Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town?
I am originally from Orchard Park, NY. I lived in Fairfax, VA for a number of years before moving to Haymarket. I originally moved to northern Virginia because it has some of the best job opportunities in the country. I moved to Haymarket because it is slightly less congested, is close to the mountains (I love outdoor activities), has a more reasonable cost of living than other areas in Northern Virginia, and despite the number of people has still maintained a small town feel.
What is your favorite season in this area, and why?
My favorite season in this area is spring because I love all the beautiful greenery. I love the sweet smell in the air and I love watching all the newborn wild animals.
What are some hobbies you enjoy?
Backpacking, hiking, camping, skiing, fishing, cycling, running, traveling, drones, robotics, software development, photography, and videography
What is your favorite restaurant?
My favorite restaurant is Blue Ridge Seafood on Route 29 near Harris Teeter.
What is your favorite local high school sports team?
Are you involved with any nonprofits? If so, which one(s) and why?
I personally am a supporter of Defenders of Wildlife because I’m a serious outdoor advocate and love animals. Aerial Portfolios does offer services to nonprofit organizations from time to time as well, especially if they have a cause that we really love.
What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession?
After graduating college from SUNY Buffalo with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, I moved to Virginia where I had a position with Lockheed Martin as a software developer. I spent a number of years in software development as a government contractor. I still enjoy software development and continue to develop applications on a regular basis for various purposes. It has been a huge asset to owning my own business and will pay off down the road as we build out our online presence.