Portfolio Manager, Firm Insurance Coordinator- Sarasota, FL
Year joined Shields & Co.: 1999
In his role as a Portfolio Manager, Brad works hand in hand with his clients to optimize their portfolios to meet their specific needs, manage overall risk, and help them reach their financial goals. He relies on Wellington Shields’ research ideas as well as other fundamental and technical resources to identify investment ideas which include stocks, exchange-traded funds, bonds, and appropriate insurance products. Brad speaks to clients on a regular basis to discuss performance and changes in the market that could affect the clients’ needs.
Previous Experience/Career Highlights:
Brad began his career at American Express Financial Advisors (Ameriprise), in Sarasota, Florida, where he focused on comprehensive financial plans for clients. He joined Shields & Company (predecessor to Wellington Shields as an investment advisor in 1999 and became the firm’s Insurance Coordinator (handling licensing and selling agreements) in 2003.
Education and Certification:
- Campbell University, North Carolina, Business Administration.
- FINRA: Series 7, 26, 63, 65
- Insurance: Life, Health, and Variable
Other Interests and/or affiliations:
Brad is married to the former Tonya Pless, they have 2 wonderful dogs and a cat. He is deeply involved with his community. From his years of playing baseball, Brad gives back by instructing local youth players about the game. Also, he has been a board member of the Sarasota YMCA for many years. In his free time, Brad enjoys cycling, playing handball, reading, and traveling as much as possible.