Our Team

  • Brandon BellamyChief Executive Officer

    Brandon Bellamy is a passionate and purpose-driven real estate entrepreneur and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Velocity Companies. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Bellamy has excelled in real estate investment, real estate development, and private fund management, and he has won numerous industry awards, including the Globe Street Opportunity Award. Mr. Bellamy couples a unique knowledge of market-rate and affordable housing development and a superior understanding of financial engineering to impact existing and developing communities.

    During his tenure at The Velocity Companies, the firm has developed and consulted on projects located in the Mid-Atlantic and the Carolinas with an aggregate asset value exceeding $500 million. Mr. Bellamy specializes in municipal financing, tax increment financing, tax-exempt bonds, joint venture transaction and financing, public-private partnerships, planned community development and redevelopment, and an innovative way of researching emerging markets.

    Under Mr. Bellamy’s leadership, The Velocity Companies has built a team of professionals that specialize in assisting clients in real estate investment and property development activities by analyzing real estate development and conceiving investment opportunities. Driven by their commitment to providing a significant impact in under-invested communities, the Velocity team boldly pursues projects that champion the health and vitality of local economies through meaningful development.

    Mr. Bellamy is also the founder and principal broker for The Republic Real Estate Group and has been a featured speaker at numerous seminars on underserved communities. Mr. Bellamy remains committed to the communities he develops and the people his projects serve.

  • Richard SolomonChief Operating Officer

    Richard Solomon is the Chief Operating Officer. Richard provides administrative and operations support across the Velocity team. He tracks all executive, partner, and client meetings and schedules. He also reviews all contracts and conducts research on special projects.

    Before joining Velocity, he practiced law. Richard has also acted as a developer in Florida and across the Washington D.C metropolitan area. He worked with small business entrepreneurs to grow and expand their businesses.

  • Jim HarrisChief Talent Officer

    Jim Harris serves as Chief Talent Officer for the Velocity Companies. He is responsible for the development and implementation of talent-centric business plans as well as providing strategic direction for the companies. Jim is an accomplished career recruitment executive with expertise in leadership and talent acquisition. Across a variety of industries, he is an adept professional who builds solid relationships with candidates, colleagues, and business partners.

    Prior to joining Velocity, Jim served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps for 23 years, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant. He has held executive and leadership positions throughout his career to include serving as Director of Talent Acquisition; U.S. Marine Corps Advisor to the Commander of United States Naval Forces Europe and Africa, London, UK; Substation Commander with the Marine Corps Recruiting Command; Assistant Personnel Officer for Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA; and as the Equal Opportunity Officer for Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC.

    Over the course of his career, Jim has been the recipient of more than 40 awards for his military and private sector contributions. Decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal for exemplary military leadership, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and Recruiter of the Year awards. He is a graduate of Campbell University’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, graduating magna cum laude in business administration.