By |Published On: October 5th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

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: Wesley Gray, PhD

Wesley Gray, PhD
After serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Gray earned an MBA and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago where he studied under Nobel Prize Winner Eugene Fama. Next, Wes took an academic job in his wife’s hometown of Philadelphia 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 firm dedicated to an impact mission of empowering investors through education. He is a contributor to multiple industry publications and regularly speaks to professional investor groups across the country. Wes has published multiple academic papers and four books, including Embedded (Naval Institute Press, 2009), Quantitative Value (Wiley, 2012), DIY Financial Advisor (Wiley, 2015), and Quantitative Momentum (Wiley, 2016). Dr. Gray currently resides in Palmas Del Mar Puerto Rico with his wife and three children. He recently finished the Leadville 100 ultramarathon race and promises to make better life decisions in the future.

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