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Wes Gray

Wes Gray

Formal First Name
Wesley (Wes)

Wes Gray is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Architect, a research-intensive asset management firm with a focus on high-conviction value and momentum factor exposures. His interest in bridging the research gap between academia and the industry led him to launch Alpha Architect, the “Shopify of ETFs” according to themselves. A former Assistant Professor of Finance, Wes’ academic research is recognized for its presentation of stock market valuation based on enterprise value. He is a regular contributor to multiple industry publications and regularly speaks to professional investor groups across the country. His works have been highlighted on CNBC, CNN, NPR, Motley Fool, WSJ MarketWatch, CFA Institute, Institutional Investor, and CBS News. Wes is best known for his book, EMBEDDED: A Marine Corps Adviser Inside the Iraqi Army, an account of his eight-month assignment in Iraq.

Professional Experience


Academic History

EARLY CAREER AND EXPERTISE

  • Wes Gray is an author, portfolio manager, and a former assistant professor of finance.

  • At Drexel, he spent 4 years teaching classes and researching theories related to quantitative investing and behavioral finance.

  • He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a captain in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

  • He 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.

 

MEDIA

  • His works have been highlighted on CNBC, CNN, NPR, Motley Fool, WSJ MarketWatch, CFA Institute, Institutional Investor, and CBS News.

  • Wes is a regular contributor to Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ETF.com, and the CFA Institute.

  • Wes has also appeared as a guest on Real Vision.

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • EMBEDDED: A Marine Corps Adviser Inside the Iraqi Army

  • DIY Financial Advisor: A Simple Solution to Build and Protect Your Wealth

  • Quantitative Momentum: A Practitioner’s Guide to Building a Momentum-Based Stock Selection System

  • Quantitative Value: A Practitioner’s Guide to Automating Intelligent Investment and Eliminating Behavioral Errors