Wade Zirkle is a founding principal of StrongPoint Holdings. Wade’s background includes broad experience in the financial, political, and military arenas.
Prior to founding StrongPoint Holdings, Wade worked in Manhattan for Lehman Brothers Asset Management. At Lehman Brothers, he worked in the institutional sales and client service group, where he advised various institutional clients on financial management and pension fund planning. Wade was on Wall Street during the historic 2008 financial collapse, where he witnessed first-hand what works – and what doesn’t work – in global finance.
Previously, Wade was the founder and first executive director of Vets for Freedom, which today is America’s largest Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans political action organization. At Vets for Freedom, Wade managed day-to-day operations, including strategic communications, fundraising, marketing, and internet operations, in addition to running national television advertising campaigns for pro-mission congressional candidates. To date, Vets for Freedom has raised and spent over $11 Million in support of federal candidates who have shown unwavering resolve for U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2006, Wade was an early and leading voice in the veterans’ community that called for a massive troop increase in Iraq. In 2007, when the U.S. military initiated its “surge” strategy in Iraq, Wade was invited to the White House three times, along with a panel of Iraq experts, to discuss counterinsurgency strategy with President Bush and senior military officials.