smart sustainable growth

A Family of Companies

Braintree Group has grown from its early roots as a social venture into a family of companies all driven by creating positive impact. The goal of each of Braintree Group’s brands and investments is community betterment through a focus on the business sectors of education, multi-family housing, hospitality, and technology.

Co-founders Ryan Van Alfen and Jason Kotter began their business journey together based on a shared passion for educational advancement. Through hard work and dedication, the two successfully launched their first company, Athlos Academies, a social venture dedicated to helping schools succeed.

It was in the experiences, lessons learned, successes, and failures of building Athlos Academies, where Van Alfen and Kotter developed the essential principles that are now the foundation of each Braintree Group company and investment. These principles include a passion for lifelong learning across all business sectors, and key Performance Character traits like leadership, humility, creativity, and grit.

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Front of Athlos Academy school at dusk
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Having a great foundation

Our principles include a passion for lifelong learning across all business sectors, and key character traits like leadership, humility, creativity, and grit.