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Dennis Cail

Founder and CEO, Zirtue

Dennis Cail, founder and CEO of Zirtue, is an award-winning entrepreneur, technology executive, board member, Navy veteran, Forbes Next 1,000 and D CEO 500 honoree, and EY Entrepreneur of the Year-Southwest winner.

Founded with a mission to drive financial inclusion, Zirtue is the world’s first relationship-based lending application that simplifies loans between friends and family. The platform is designed to make it easier to request and approve loans and make and track payments while managing and maintaining trusted relationships.

Under Cail’s leadership and backed by Google, Morgan Stanley, Mastercard and Northwestern Mutual, Zirtue has experienced rapid growth that has also garnered national attention of major media outlets, including Forbes, Fortune, Inc Magazine, Business Insider, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, WFAA and Fox Business News.

Prior to Zirtue, Cail held senior leadership positions with IBM and PwC before launching, operating and exiting Uptown Financial Group. He is a technology executive with a distinguished multi-national, capital markets and cross-border M&A advisory track record across leading FinTech and technology-enabled companies.

As a Navy veteran and SMU graduate with a passion for closing the wealth gaps by giving people a hand-up in lieu of a hand-out, Cail is an active bank and community board member, including Dallas Regional Chamber Board, Texas Security Bank Board, Goodwill Board, YMCA Foundation Board and SMU Alumni Board of Directors (Emeritus).