Clint Sorenson, CFA®, CMT® is one of the Managing Partners of WealthShield Partners, LLC ® . 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 Partners, LLC ® is diverse and broad-reaching. Clint oversees the development and maintenance of all asset allocation models for our advisors. 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 Partners, LLC ®, 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 List1.
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.
1 The Investment News 40 Under 40 program recognizes and celebrates up-and-comers in the financial advice industry. Each year, the 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 the industry, leadership and promise. WealthShield Partners, LLC ® is not affiliated with Investment News.
Robert Leggett is a Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Financial Planner, and Managing Partner of WealthShield Partners, LLC ®. Robert’s career spans more than two decades in business, including extensive work in financial services, legal, tax, real estate and accounting, which gives 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 Partners' clients daily.
Prior to joining the firm, Robert served as 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.
Robert 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.
Christian has been in the financial services industry for over 27 years serving in a variety of roles. Prior to joining WealthShield Partners, LLC® in 2020, Christian founded his own firm, Private Wealth Advisory and Consulting LLC, specializing in working with independent advisors and firms across the United States. In addition, he was a Director and ran the eastern part of the country for the RIA division for Raymond James, growing it to over $20 Billion in assets in six years.
Following (3) years of playing professional golf on various tours across the country, Christian joined Merrill Lynch in 1993 as a Financial Advisor. He built a successful financial advisory practice managing more than $200 million in assets before starting a management career at Merrill Lynch’s Washington, DC office in 1999. In 2003 he moved to UBS as a Director, where he ran retail offices in the state of North Carolina. During his tenure at Raymond James, UBS, and Merrill Lynch, he received numerous awards for his achievements as a top Advisor and director.
Christian earned his bachelor’s degree with a double major in economics and political science from Florida State University. During his time there, he was a two-time All-American and captain of the FSU golf team.
Christian lives in Raleigh, NC, with his wife Kristen of 27 years and their 2 children Conner and Kara. They are very active in their church as well as several local and national non-profits.
As the President of WealthShield Partners, LLC ®, David Stefanick, CFA® helps steer the strategic direction of the organization. David leads the investment team, which is focused on creating innovative investment solutions for the firm’s partners and clients. From research and white papers to portfolio and index creation, David and his team work to provide academically defensible and behaviorally palatable solutions that get investors to their financial goals.
Prior to joining WealthShield Partners®, David worked at 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.
Victoria Handley Araj, CFP® has been a member of the WealthShield Partners, LLC ® team since June of 2018. As Director of Operations, Victoria focuses on fostering advisor and investor success by providing comprehensive operational leadership and white-glove client service. Victoria’s responsibilities include business management and administration, advisor and investor support, human resources management, financial planning, compliance support, and technology management.
Victoria has been working in the financial services industry for over a decade. Prior to joining WealthShield, she spent several years with Envestnet | Tamarac, a financial software company focused on supporting RIAs. While there, Victoria served in various roles that encompassed RIA consulting and support in data maintenance, performance reporting, portfolio rebalancing, and client relationship management software. Victoria also held previous positions in the financial research and student loan industries. Victoria’s past experiences provide her with the background necessary to successfully support the WealthShield Partners team in fully leveraging their technological and operational platforms.
Victoria is a graduate of Georgetown University, where she studied Anthropology and Theater. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and holds an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Duke University. Victoria lives in the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area with her husband and their two rambunctious cats. In her spare time, she loves to read and travel.
Caroline Leggett joined WealthShield Partners, LLC® in 2017 as part of its original launch team. As Director of Marketing, Caroline was responsible for creating and maintaining all of the firm’s internal marketing deliverables in addition to supporting the brand formation and content development for WealthShield Partner’s advisors. She also directly supported the company co-founder in all schedule coordination, event planning and client engagement to ensure the effective delivery of high quality service to the firm's advisors.
Now as Director of Advisor Relations, Caroline oversees all steps of the advisor onboarding and integration process. In this dual project management and transition support role, Caroline works hand-in-hand with new advisors moving into the firm's models, as well as the platform team, vendors, custodians and partners. Once fully onboarded, Caroline then supports advisors’ growth and evolution on the platform, maximizing their knowledge, use and overall success.
Prior to joining WealthShield Partners, LLC, Caroline worked for Insight Global, an award-winning staffing company, and at both the North Carolina Legislature and London-based nonprofit Standing Together Against Domestic Violence. Caroline is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a BA in international studies, political science, and anthropology. She is an avid indoor cyclist and teaches spin classes in her free time.
As the Director of Investment Consulting for WealthShield Partners, LLC®, Max Rockwell focuses on helping advisors succeed through the implementation of our investment framework. Max helps with creating custom client portfolios, model construction, alternative investment guidance, and general education on our framework.
Prior to joining WealthShield Partners, 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 and is currently a Level II CFA exam candidate. 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.
As the Director of Research for WealthShield Partners, LLC®, 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.
Carter Wiles joined WealthShield Partners, LLC® as our Quantitative Analyst Intern in May of 2019. After completing his degree, Carter has taken on a full-time role as our Research Quantitative Analyst in November 2020. In this new role, Carter focuses on Quantitative research and due diligence, as well as backtesting strategies to target consistent performance and robustness.
Carter holds a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S.B.A in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He obtained his M.S. in Mathematical Finance in May 2020 and recently passed Level 1 of the CFA program.
During his time at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Carter was Chief Administrator of the UNCC Endowment Fund, a student-managed investment fund. In this role, Carter presented proposals for equity investments based on fundamental analysis and industry trends. He also tested and implemented a strategy to hedge against tail risk, and received the distinction of Top Graduate Analyst.
Kayla Sorrell joined WealthShield Partners, LLC® as the Marketing & Operations Specialist in July of 2020 and was soon promoted into her current role as the Manager of Marketing & Advisor Support. She is responsible for creating and managing marketing deliverables, content development, and branding for WealthShield Partners, LLC. In addition, Kayla manages all aspects of the brand formation process for incoming advisors to ensure the effective delivery of our marketing offerings. These offerings include the set up of websites, logos, email automation, deck templates, and social media profile build-outs.
Before joining the WealthShield Partners, LLC team, Kayla was a Professional Recruiter for Insight Global, an award-winning national staffing company that specializes in the accounting, financial and engineering industries. She has also held a marketing role at LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton where she oversaw the development of retail marketing content, worked with design teams to brief upcoming promotional collateral, and identified and developed corporate partnership opportunities to build out future campaigns.
Throughout these experiences, Kayla has loved being creative and finding new ways to successfully leverage and appeal to a wider audience while helping to deliver a clear and professional brand. Kayla is excited to provide exceptional marketing services to WealthShield Partners, LCC, and to foster business development and strategic growth initiatives that accelerate the firm’s engagement and success.
Kayla is a proud alumni of Penn State University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She currently lives in Raleigh, NC and is a dedicated Penn State football fan.
Julian Borden joined WealthShield Partners, LLC® as an Operations Specialist in July 2021. He assists with maintaining and utilizing our technological platforms, along with account reporting, billing, and client services. Julian focuses on serving our private investor clients while helping to customize our platform offerings to provide the optimal client experience.
Before joining WealthShield Partners, Julian worked in the technology industry as a Project Manager for Verizon and Lumen Technologies. In these roles, Julian was responsible for organizing and executing large network installations and obtained his Prince2 and Scrum project management certifications.
Julian loves to spend free time outdoors fishing and hiking and encourages others to learn about the natural world we all live in. Julian is a proud graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Communications.
Bill joined WealthShield Partners, LLC® in 2016 as a wealth manager. Having spent 30-plus years in relationship management at Wachovia Bank, he is keenly aware of the importance of strong personal bonds in financial planning. By bringing together WealthShield Partner's dynamic asset allocation process and his own understanding of an investor’s wants and needs, Bill constructs plans that aim to drive maximum value -- and maximum wealth -- for his clients.
After graduating from Wake Forest University in 1970 with a B.A. in economics, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for five years as an aircrew member on a KC-135 air refueling tanker. After leaving the military, Bill joined Wachovia Bank and served 31 years with the bank first as a Regional Real Estate Financial Service Manager and Commercial Relationship Manager, retiring in 2006 as Senior Vice President & Market President. During and after his tenure with the bank, Bill held leadership positions at many charitable organizations.
With more than 20 years of experience providing financial planning, strategic investment advice and comprehensive tax management solutions, Michael Helms, CPA, CFP® joined WealthShield Partners, LLC® as a Wealth Manager in 2017. His hands-on experience and client-first focus is central to the company’s ongoing growth, evolution, and support services by helping both the organization and its customers gain a critical competitive advantage.
Immediately prior to his joining WealthShield Partners, LLC Michael was the Managing Director of EverGreen Financial Services, Inc. Here, he worked with independent clients in the greater Greenville area, leveraging in-class asset management and broad-reaching tax and financial management solutions to maximize and preserve their long-term wealth.
Michael earned his MBA with a focus in Accounting and Finance as well as his B.S. in Finance from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), CPA, Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and he is a member of the AICPA.