Introducing our Newest Teammate: Ooh-rah!

/Introducing our Newest Teammate: Ooh-rah!

Introducing our Newest Teammate: Ooh-rah!

By | 2017-08-18T17:02:48+00:00 October 5th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our adventure started over 4 years ago as a 1-man band blogging about esoteric finance research (me) and has expanded into a business with 7 full-time owner/operators, 2 full-time employees, a handful of part-time help, and a promising growth path.

Until now, the entire team consisted of PhDs, closet-quant geeks, and developers. We could grind research and development and come up with new and exciting ideas better than anyone. However, marketing and strategy has never been our strong suit. We had numerous brands (empirical finance, empiritrage, turnkeyanalyst, etc), an RIA with a name nobody understood or could spell, and a vague business that involved “doing something disruptive in financial services.”

A common statement from clients/customers:

Empiritrage? What the heck is that?


One of our early “Geeks Anonymous” Meetings

But that is (slowly) changing. 

We’ve consolidated our brand under Alpha Architect, we’ve got a business mission/vision, and we’re selectively bringing on board entrepreneurs with a passion for bringing transparency, efficiency, and education to the financial services marketplace.

We’d like to announce our newest teammate and future editor on the blog: Pat Cleary.


Pat Cleary

Why did we team up with a balding 6′ 4″ former Marine Captain who has no chance of winning an underwear model contract?

Simple: Pat has no clue about the financial service industry, but a strong passion and the experience to help us change it.

A quick checklist on Pat:

  • –Algeco Scotsman Directory of Strategy
  • –BCG Project Leader
  • –US Marine Corps Captain
  • –Harvard MBA; Wharton Undergrad

Pat brings a unique set of experiences and an entrepreneurial mindset that fits perfectly with the rest of the team.

He’ll be discussing a variety of topics on the blog, so stay tuned and lend him your support! He’s used to cubicles and bureaucracy and the idea of “blogging” is freaking him out a bit…

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About the Author:

Wes Gray
After serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Gray earned a PhD, and worked as a finance professor at Drexel University. Dr. Gray’s interest in bridging the research gap between academia and industry led him to found Alpha Architect, an asset management that delivers affordable active exposures for tax-sensitive investors. Dr. Gray has published four books and a number of academic articles. Wes is a regular contributor to multiple industry outlets, to include the following: Wall Street Journal, Forbes,, and the CFA Institute. Dr. Gray earned an MBA and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago and graduated magna cum laude with a BS from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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