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Our Mission

WealthShield is an investment company designed to help entrepreneurial financial advisors succeed. We provide virtual chief investment officer services to deliver superior investment management, operational support, and technological advancement to our partners. Our belief is that investor psychology is the driving force behind markets. We have a unique strategy that gives you the potential to grow client wealth without having to suffer large market declines.

Coupled with our unique investment approach, our cutting-edge digital platform gives you the tools necessary to potentially add scale and efficiently grow and market your business. We build the platform around your needs and customize a solution to help you provide the optimal client experience and investment offering. The methods we employ create a behaviorally palatable portfolio customized for the unique needs of your clients.

Ultimately, our goal is to save you the time you need to focus on what is most important--your clients. Our virtual services, paired with our collaborative investment strategy, allow you to refocus your efforts and attention on delivering superior investment advice--that way you can get back to becoming a true investment advisor. Through our ongoing strategic partnership, we deliver you a consistent and reliable investment experience that will increase your potential to  grow your client wealth in the long-term.

WealthShield allows you to outsource everything from asset management and portfolio customization to compliance and back office support, while focusing primarily on the relationship management aspect of your business. We provide access to the advanced technological tools necessary to facilitate an efficient operation, so advisors can focus more time on their clients and create a custom differentiation strategy for their portfolios. This level of efficiency and scale, coupled with our collaborative asset management strategies, enables you to focus on client support and the growth of your business in the long-term.

Why Wealthshield


Every advisor has a different approach. With this in mind, we work with financial advisors in a customized manner to help them build an institutional, quality investment process.


We leverage modern technology to add scale and efficiency to our firms so that you can brand and promote your business with the most up to date technological platforms.


We become an integral team member to our partner firms, helping them grow their businesses and deepen client relationships in the long-term.

We seek to simplify all elements of your wealth management process to give you the time you need to focus on what is most important: your clients.

Our Process


We help you discover your investment philosophy and design a plan to create a customized, institutional quality asset management platform.


We work with you to implement systems and train team members to create a consistent and unique client experience.


We help ensure that your investment approach runs smoothly to maintain existing relationships and attract new clients. 

Our core belief is that investor psychology is the driving force behind markets. We have a unique strategy that helps you grow client wealth without having to suffer large market declines. 

Meet the Team

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Clint Sorenson, CFA®, CMT®

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Clint Sorenson, CFA®, CMT®


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Robert Leggett, CFA®, CFP®, JD®


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Robert Leggett is a Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Financial Planner, and Managing Partner of Emerald Investment, LLC. He is also a co-founder of WealthShield LLC. His career spans more than two decades in business, including extensive work in financial services, legal, tax, real estate and accounting which, together, give him the the diverse experience needed to manage and grow wealth in today’s marketplace.

For more than 15 years, Robert has focused on tapping into the power of passive investments to diversify, reduce expenses and create tax-efficient portfolios. He believes that proper asset allocation and risk management strategies add value and drive long-term portfolio performance, and he takes this approach with WealthShield’s clients daily.

Prior to joining Emerald, Robert served as CEO of a $250 million family business, giving him unique insights into the challenges business owners face. Before this role, Robert was the first Vice President of UBS in Raleigh, Vice President of Merrill Lynch in Cary, President/CEO of Leggett Stores in Danville and, first, an attorney at the regional law firm of Mays & Valentine. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Emory University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He earned his Juris Doctor from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.

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Joe McQuaid

Director of Business Development
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Joe McQuaid

Director of Business Development

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As Director of Business Development, Joe McQuaid is focused on engaging and activating new clients for WealthShield, in addition to focusing on external products licensing the company’s thought leadership. Together, these responsibilities position Joe at the forefront of the organization’s growth and evolution, and help WealthShield expand its reach and industry impact. 

Prior to joining the team, Joe was Managing Director at Pacer Financial, at ETF company in Philadelphia. While at Pacer, Joe raised assets by more than 400%. He has also held leadership roles at alternative investing company Morgan Creek Capital, Guggenheim Investments and, for nearly a decade, MainStay Investments in New York City, where he ended his tenure as a Divisional Sales Manager. Here, Joe built a team of 20 external wholesalers who, together, raised more than $1 billion in their first 18 months. For his work, Joe was awarded Wholesaler of the Year in 2003 and was the recipient of the Patrick Comer Leadership Award in 2008. 

Joe is a graduate of New York University and holds his Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses. He is also an avid runner, triathlete and passionate supporter of the Special Olympics.

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David Stefanick

Director of Research
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David Stefanick

Director of Research

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Joining WealthShield, LLC as the Director of Research in 2017, David Stefanick works closely with executive leadership to help steer the strategic direction of the organization. With a focus on managing model portfolios and the company’s quantitative models, David is central to WealthShield's short- and long-term objectives, and he lays the groundwork for many of its broad-reaching client initiatives. 

Prior to joining Emerald, David was an Investment Analyst for the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer. Here, he analyzed financial and credit insights to forecast business and economic conditions to help drive high-value decisions for the state’s pension fund and other investments. His work included tracking portfolio performance, asset allocation, determining acceptable risk levels, and supporting the due diligence and investment processes of the fund. 

David earned his MBA in Applied Investment Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds a dual BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with an emphasis on Exercise & Sport Science and Peace, War& Defense. David has passed all three levels of the CFA Program, and may be awarded the charter upon completion of the required work experience.

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Caroline Leggett

Director of Marketing
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Caroline Leggett

Director of Marketing

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Caroline Leggett joined WealthShield, LLC as Director of Marketing in 2017. Before joining the WealthShield, Caroline was an Account Manager and, prior, a Recruiter for Insight Global, an award-winning national staffing company that specializes in the accounting, financial and engineering industries. She has also held roles at the North Carolina Legislature and the London-based nonprofit Standing Together Against Domestic Violence. Throughout these experiences, Caroline focused on tapping into data-driven marketing best practices to drive meaningful, measurable results for her clients and the businesses she supported. She now brings that experience to WealthShield, creating comprehensive marketing, business development and strategic growth initiatives that accelerate engagement and success.

Caroline attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies, political science, and anthropology. She currently lives in Raleigh, NC.

Our Partners

At WealthShield, we have formed strategic partnerships that help us to deliver you the highest quality of service. We want you to have state-of-the-art technological platforms  and research capabilities at your disposal, and the partnerships we have formed allow us to give you the tools necessary to deliver guaranteed client satisfaction.  We have fostered strong relationships with each of the firms listed below in order to provide you with the support you need to offer the highest standard of service to your clients.  


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Will I lose control of my investment strategy if I outsource?
Will outsourcing minimize the role I play in the investment of my clients' portfolios?

No. Outsourcing allows you to use your time more strategically to focus solely on your clients and their wealth accumulation. The Virtual CIO simply manages the middle office support and day to day investment tasks. 

Are investment offerings the only service I can expect my Virtual CIO to provide?
What type of due diligence is required when Choosing a virtual CIO?
I am satisfied with my current investment team. Why would I want to use a Virtual CIO?

The Virtual CIO services offer an additional layer of support for your investment team to better manage risk and facilitate faster implementation decisions. In addition, this extra layer of support provides your firm with increased fiduciary oversight, streamlined implementation, customized solutions, and a wide-range of middle office support resources. 

Does WealthShield have any limitations on who they work with?

WealthShield does not have any strict limitations guiding the client selection process. Our team is always open to scheduling a call with you to determine if our services align with your partnership needs. 

Recommended Whitepapers

Below you will find multiple whitepapers that we believe support the WealthShield approach as well as process and procedural guidance. A full bibliography of relevant, evidential sources can also be found here..

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