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Clint Sorenson, CFA®, CMT®

Co-Founder

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.

The Investment News 40 Under 40 program recognizes and celebrates up-and-comers in the financial advice industry. Each year, our editorial team reviews more than 1,000 nominations to create a list of 40 outstanding financial advisers, or industry professionals supporting advisers, who are 39 or younger. Honorees are judged on their accomplishments, contribution to the industry, leadership and promise. ORG PAG is not affiliated with Investment News. To find out more information about this award, please visit https://www.investmentnews.com/section/awards-and-recognition/40-under-40

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Robert Leggett, CFA®, CFP®, JD

Co-Founder

Robert Leggett is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) 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 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’s 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

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.

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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Caroline Leggett

Director of Marketing

Caroline Leggett joined WealthShield, LLC as Director of Marketing in 2017. She oversees and executes the content development process for WealthShield’s clients in addition to managing the internal marketing operations of the firm. Caroline also serves as a project manager for a number of WealthShield’s clients, providing direct planning and organizational support to ensure projects are executed in a timely, efficient, and cost effective manner.

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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David Stefanick, CFA®

Director of Research

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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Max Rockwell

Research Analyst

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. There, 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 a 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

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.