ABOUT THE COMPANY
VRGL is named after Virgil, the ghost of the Roman poet who guided Dante through the Inferno. As a result, Virgil came to be known as a symbol of human reason that guides and protects others on their journey. Today, VRGL helps advisors guide clients with clear-eyed quantitative views of their portfolios, leading them to smarter investment strategies.
MEET THE SENIOR TEAM
Co-founder & CEO
Josh Smith is Co-founder and CEO of VRGL. Josh has spent his entire career in software, institutional finance, and investment management. Most recently, Josh co-founded and was CEO of Solovis, Inc., an industry pioneer in multi-asset class analytics for institutional investors. Solovis is the system of record for established institutions, including many of the largest family and multi-family offices throughout the world. Josh successfully led the company from day one to its eventual sale to Nasdaq, Inc. in 2020.
Before Solovis, Josh was an investment banker at RBC Capital Markets and an investment associate for Investure, a $10 billion OCIO in Virginia where he made investment recommendations across public and private assets globally.
Josh graduated with highest honors from Georgia Tech and lives with his family in Dallas, TX.
Co-founder & COO
Josh Zimmerman ("JZ") is Co-founder and COO of VRGL. Having spent his career at the intersection of investments and technology, JZ has leveraged data and automation to deliver insight, improve accuracy, and reduce operational burdens. Prior to VRGL, JZ built the Solovis Research and Development group, a data science team that brings multi-asset class risk analytics to institutional investors. JZ has held buy-side and sell-side trading as well as portfolio management roles. He is adept at developing technology to identify and capture opportunity and navigating complex portfolios through diverse market cycles, including the 2008 Financial Crisis. With VRGL, JZ leads a team to develop impactful, flexible, and intuitive investment analytics to bring leading edge tools to the advisory space.
JZ graduated from UC Berkeley and holds a masters degree from City University of New York. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, three kids, and pandemic puppy.
Chief Technology Officer
Whitney Weaver is the CTO at VGRL. He has led teams that pushed the envelope of technology while supporting many of the largest enterprises in the world. Previously, Whitney led a multi-national team at Cardlytics, Inc. supporting 175 million active users for financial institutions such as JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America.
Before Cardlytics, Whitney was CTO of MLevel, an enterprise training platform supporting 25 million monthly active users for brands such as AT&T and Chick-fil-a. At Kabbage, Whitney led the creation of their data platform and drove international expansion of the business to nine countries spanning three continents.
In order to prepare for his technology career, Whitney wisely pursued a degree in ceramics — and graduated from Shorter University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Atlanta, GA.
Chief of Staff
Prior to Solovis, he spent stints at eFront (exited to BlackRock) Vision Capital Advisors (hedge fund) UNX (agency trading shop) BRUT ECN (part of Nasdaq), and UBS. Jesse resides in Dallas, TX.
SVP, Head of Business Development
Throughout his career, Shane has also held senior business development roles with SaaS companies and investment management firms.
Shane graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington where he was a student-athlete and twice named to the SLC Academic All-American. He lives with his family in Dallas, TX.
VP of Client Experience
Hillary Murray is the Vice President of Client Experience at VRGL. Hillary's multi-industry career has given her extensive experience in product development, customer success, and financial services, equipping her well for all matters client-facing. Prior to joining VRGL, Hillary worked at Nasdaq selling their Solovis and Evestment products. After finishing business school in 2013, Hillary founded and served as the CEO of Lumi Juice, an organic juice manufacturing company that sells across professional sports leagues, cafés, Amazon and QVC. Prior to completing her MBA, Hillary worked at a Distressed Debt Restructuring Fund, Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, focusing on quantitative analytics and product development. From politics to Wall Street and all the entrepreneurial endeavors in-between, Hillary's career has always had her advocating front-and-center for her clients and ensuring that products meet their needs.
Throughout her career, Hillary has collected a number of accolades, including Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates' Jackie Robinson Award and a feature on Inc. Magazine's 30 Under 30 list. Hillary graduated Summa Cum Laude and Pi Beta Kappa from Pennsylvania State University with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Public Relations and International Politics where she served as Undergraduate Student Body President. Hillary received her Masters of Business Administration from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with her family.