Aaron Bolzle has learned to trust his gut when it comes to navigating through life’s big decisions. During our visit, he shares a path full of twists and turns that he couldn’t have predicted. Early-on, he learned the significance hard work and of being open to opportunities which proved beneficial in eventually landing jobs at top companies including Universal and Apple. His Oklahoma roots kept him grounded on this path to purpose, always considering the importance of making a positive impact.
We also discuss Imposter Syndrome, the benetits of being a part of a team with an Abundance Mindset, and the importance of community.
Now, as the Founder of Next Here, he also shares his vision for supporting businesses and communities as they innovate with top remote talent.
You can find Aaron on LinkedIn.
Check out Next Here at NextHere.com
Side note: We reference his mother, Nancy Bolzle, in our conversation. You can check out her podcast interview HERE (Podcast 112)
Aaron Bolzle is a multi-talented professional with a diverse background and a passion for making a positive impact. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aaron’s journey led him from the heartland to the bustling streets of New York City and eventually to the tech hub of San Francisco. He earned his education at the University of Oklahoma before transferring to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with honors, demonstrating his commitment to excellence in both music and academia.
His career began at Universal Music Group in New York City, where he started as an unpaid intern. Aaron’s dedication and talent quickly earned him a role in digital marketing and production for the renowned Verve Music Group label, showcasing his ability to adapt and thrive in the ever-evolving music industry. In pursuit of his dreams, Aaron made a pivotal move to San Francisco, where he joined Apple and spent nearly a decade contributing to the success of iTunes. He played vital roles on both the operations and business teams at iTunes Music and iTunes Movies, demonstrating his versatility and commitment to excellence.
In 2017, Aaron returned to his hometown of Tulsa, inspired to make a lasting impact. He launched Tulsa Remote the next year with George Kaiser Family Foundation, a program designed to attract remote workers and talent to Tulsa, fostering economic growth and community development. Additionally, in the same year, Aaron co-founded Writing Partners alongside Rennie Saunders, the founder of Shut Up & Write!, a global initiative that provides a supportive and productive environment for writers. This innovative organization has expanded its reach to support writers in over 400 communities in over 60 countries, fostering creativity and collaboration on a global scale. He remains as Executive Director of Writing Partners and leads the team across the country in its continued growth.
In 2020, Aaron launched Next Here, his own consultancy, with a mission to help communities worldwide harness the remote work transformation accelerated by the pandemic as an economic driver. Next Here has since evolved into a digital marketing group specializing in assisting small to medium-sized businesses. Their unique approach places a strong emphasis on understanding the core business goals and simplifying the online process for business owners, allowing them to focus on their core operations while their websites work efficiently and effectively.