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Event Shares & WealthShield talk Virtual CIOs and Markets

WealthShield Co-Founder Clint Sorenson was recently featured in EventShare's new podcast series 10 Minutes 10 Answers. See below as Clint provides a macro review of the WealthShield approach.

10 Minutes 10 Answers

Wealthshield's Sorenson talks outsourced cios & Custom Indexes

Want to learn more about the advantages of leveraging an outsourced CIO? WealthShield had the opportunity to sit down with RIA Channel's Julie Cooling to discuss this in further detail.

Outsourced CIOs & Custom Indexes

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®


Clint@wealthshield.co | LinkedIn Profile

Clint Sorenson, CFA®, CMT® is the Co-Founder of WealthShield. For the last decade, Clint has been focused on innovative strategies for enhancing and accelerating the traditional investment landscape. He has developed several proprietary quantitative strategies that combine behavioral, fundamental and technical analysis for a truly holistic market view.

Proficient in a variety of areas, Clint’s work across WealthShield is diverse and broad-reaching. Clint oversees the development and maintenance of all asset allocation models for WealthShield. The purpose of his strategies is to equip advisors to successfully mitigate risk while attempting to maximize value over the long term.

In addition to his work at WealthShield, Clint is also a contributor to industry literature, providing content and insights to platforms including Forbes, Seeking Alpha, and The Resilient Advisor Podcast. Clint was recognized in 2018 as one of 40 financial professionals selected for the InvestmentNews 2018 40 Under 40 List. 

Along with his partner Robert Leggett, Clint co-authored the 2015 book Invest to Prosper, a comprehensive guide to personal wealth and investing. Additionally, Clint authored several index methodologies that are tracked by exchange traded funds and accessible using direct indexing.

Clint is a past President of the CFA Society North Carolina, as well as a former board member of the CMT Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Market Technician.

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Robert Leggett, CFA®, CFP®, JD®

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Robert Leggett, CFA®, CFP®, JD®


Robert@wealthshield.co | LinkedIn Profile

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 WealthShield, 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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David Stefanick, CFA®

Director of Research
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David Stefanick, CFA®

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 strategies, 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 WealthShield, David was an Investment Analyst for the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer. His work included asset allocation research, performance reporting, risk management, and supporting the due diligence and investment processes of the NC Employee Pension Plan.

David earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a dual BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is an active member of the CFA Society of North Carolina.

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Caroline Leggett

Director of Marketing
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Caroline Leggett

Director of Marketing

caroline@wealthshield.co | LinkedIn Profile

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.

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Joe McQuaid

Director of Business Development
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Joe McQuaid

Director of Business Development

Joe@wealthshield.co | LinkedIn Profile

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.  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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Charles Petrie

Director of Enterprise Solutions
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Charles Petrie

Director of Enterprise Solutions

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Charles Petrie, WealthShield’s Director of Enterprise Solutions, drives sales and servicing for large RIAs and financial advisors. By leveraging unique product development initiatives and a fully consultative approach to creating value for his clients and partners, Charles has cultivated a strong marketplace following with diverse customers from around the region and beyond.

Before joining WealthShield in April 2018, Charles was the Vice President of Petrie Consulting, providing distribution consulting to boutique asset managers and, overall, lending his expertise to the extended financial community. Prior, he was a Vice President at Sentinel Investments and a Regional Vice President at MFS. He began his career with the U.S. Navy, spending nearly eight years working with and aboard the CVN-69 (Dwight D. Eisenhower), a Naval aircraft carrier.

Charles is a graduate of Emmanuel College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management. He is a former board member for the Frankie Lemmon Foundation, a Raleigh-based development center for learning impaired children.

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Max Rockwell

Research Analyst
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Max Rockwell

Research Analyst

Max@wealthshield.co | LinkedIn Profile

As a Research Analyst for WealthShield, Max Rockwell focuses on developing client proposals and assisting the team with portfolio modeling. Additionally, Max works closely with a number of clients and partners, providing added customer support and relationship management. 

 Prior to joining WealthShield, Max was an Associate at Ayco, a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs. Here, he worked with Ayco advisors, supporting them on a broad range of responsibilities including portfolio construction, client servicing, trades and general operations. Max has also worked at Fidelity in their workplace investing division.

Max holds an MBA and B.S. from Southern Methodist University. While at SMU, Max was a member of the soccer team and helped manage the Nancy Chambers Underwood Graduate Endowment portfolio. A long-time soccer player, he’s still an avid fan, always cheering the Mustangs on from home.

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Luke Vernon, CFA®

Research Analyst
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Luke Vernon, CFA®

Research Analyst

Luke@wealthshield.co | LinkedIn Profile

As a Research Analyst for WealthShield, Luke Vernon is directly involved with portfolio construction, quantitative research, due diligence and developing targeted client proposals.

Before returning to North Carolina, Luke spent three years at UBS in New York as an Equity Research Associate Director, with a focus on Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) as well as Marine Transport and Refining equities. Here, his work included financial modeling, valuation, report generation and supporting all aspects of the research process.

Luke is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a B.S. in Finance. While at UNCC, Luke served as a Consumer Sector Analyst and Risk Management Officer for the UNCC Endowment Fund, overseeing performance attribution and security selection. He is an active member of the CFA Society of North Carolina.

Our Partners

PMC partners with WealthShield to provide comprehensive CIO support services that enable our clients to achieve superior client outcomes. With a highly equipped team of 40 research analysts and strategists, PMC provides WealthShield with additional expertise in capital markets assumptions, asset allocation, due diligence, risk analysis, and access to managers and products otherwise not available to our firm. Click below to learn more about the leading members of the PMC team.

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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?
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?
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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