Who We Are
VictoryXR’s goal is to bring a more immersive way for students to learn through virtual and augmented reality. Since VictoryXR’s founding in 2016, online education has rapidly grown in the United States and across the globe. Unfortunately, the traditional classroom has not adapted to online education. In the current form, online students find learning difficult, passive, and unenjoyable via video conferencing.
That is where VictoryXR comes in. We offer immersive classrooms and campuses through virtual reality. This platform allows for students to interact in a synchronous yet virtual environment. Educators are given training and 3D objects (over 6,000 and growing!) to teach a variety of subjects to their students. The best part? Students’ grades go up. Student focus goes up. Student enjoyment goes up.
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VictoryXR was founded in 2016 by Steve Grubbs. The company began in Davenport, Iowa and has since opened a second office in Austin, Texas. The company began with three employees, and has since grown to over 25.
Steve Grubbs is the founder and CEO of VictoryXR. After founding the company in 2016, Steve lead the VXR team to winning the Global Education Innovation of the Year award in 2021. Before founding VXR, Steve founded two other successful ventures.
Steve served in the State of Iowa Legislator from 1991-1997, sitting as Chair of the House Education Committee. He holds a B.B.A. in Finance and J.D. from The University of Iowa.
Melissa Brent is Victory XR’s Director of Education Services. Melissa is an experienced classroom teacher, curriculum author, and education mentor. Melissa earned her M.S. through Mercy College of New York and specializes in the design and implementation of learning programs for students ranging in age from birth to adulthood.
Wendy Martin advises our teams to ensure we produce the best possible education content for our users. She was a National Finalist for Teacher of the Year (ABC) as well as teaching in high school science for over 20 years. Wendy holds a Masters in Biology from Clemson University.
Daniel (Danny) Coyle is VictoryXR’s senior VR developer and head of VR content development. Danny has been working with the medium of VR since late 2016 (about as long as consumer-level VR itself has been around!) His expertise in the medium allows VictoryXR to create ambitious VR experiences to captivate students and push the limits of what the technology is capable of.
Danny graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Aaron Hagens leads the design team in a variety of projects. Aaron leads the design of our metaversities and metacampuses, ensuring both functionality and layout are appropriate. Aaron brings years of artistic and design experience to our team. Aaron is a graduate of the DAVE (Digital Animation & Visual Effects) School in Orlando, Florida.
Tyler Turner oversees all things digital media, as well as many of our marketing efforts. From video editing and graphic design, to website layout and social media, Tyler is a very versatile employee.
He graduated from Wartburg College in 2016 with a degree in communications, and has been with VictoryXR since the beginning days, starting with the company in March of 2017. Hired as a 2D and 360 video editor, Tyler has seen the company and VR industry as a whole expand rapidly throughout the past five years.
John King brings over 15 years of experience in higher education, international business, sales, government affairs consulting and intellectual property. He has worked extensively in East Asia and is a Mandarin speaker. John has worked in universities in multiple countries as a faculty member, administrator and researcher and thrives on bringing equitable and accessible education solutions to students from across the globe.
John is a graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Georgia.
Erica Everett has been the Director of K-12 Sales for VictoryXR since January of 2022 and has a passion for working with technology that makes a profound impact in the lives of students and educators. Erica has been working in education for over 25 years and has represented companies such as Pearson, Promethean, and Follet.
Erica is a native Californian and is an avid supporter of the arts and humanitarian causes.
Tai Lieu is the Director of Partner Sales for VictoryXR and has been with the company since 2019. Previously, Tai also managed VXR’s operations alongside her other responsibilities. Tai joined the VictoryXR team with over 12 years of sales and marketing experience in a variety of industries. Tai works very closely with VictoryXR’s resellers to ensure they have the tools they need to bring the XR into schools across the world.
Tai graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice.
Andy Axel has served as VXR’s CFO since November of 2021. Andy brings 30 years of finance experience, specifically with Investment Banking, Private Equity, Leasing, and Asset Management. Andy specializes in angel investing, IPOs, and M&A.
Andy graduated from Dartmouth with a B.B.A. in Finance.
Gus Zuccaro serves as Director of Operations at VictoryXR. Along with managing day-to-day operations, Gus focuses on internal business development and process improvement. Externally, he works with enterprise partners to help foster relationships. Before joining VXR, he worked as a CPA with Deloitte. Gus holds an active CPA license in the state of Iowa.
Gus graduated from The University of Iowa with a MAc with a focus in taxation and B.B.A. in accounting.