Since its inception in 1989, Clearstead has been guided by the belief that objective investment advice and research are central to optimal client results.
Chess Financial Founded
In 1989, Clearstead, then known as Hartland, was founded as an institutional investment advisor dedicated to providing the highest quality objective investment advice and research. Clearstead’s first clients were defined benefit pension plans, but came to include endowments, foundations, healthcare organizations, and defined contribution plans. In 2010 the firm began providing integrated wealth services to individuals and families with the same rigorous approach it applied to its largest institutional clients.
Clearstead acquires Chess Financial
Clearstead acquires Chess Financial, adding 23 employees and 150 family and individual clients. Both firms were independent, fee-only advisors, dedicated to providing objective financial counsel.
Clearstead launches OCIO discretionary services.
ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT: $1.1B
ASSETS UNDER ADVISEMENT: $11.5B
Clearstead acquires Plimsoll Mark Capital
Clearstead consolidates Northeast Ohio operations in downtown Cleveland.
On December 31, Clearstead completes its acquisition of Portland, Maine-based wealth advisor Plimsoll Mark Capital. The acquisition adds $0.28B in AUM and expands the firm’s presence outside Northeast Ohio.
Clearstead also began its EmpowHER initiative to advance the careers of women at the firm and in the financial advisory industry. Clearstead dedicated itself to inclusiveness in recruiting, hiring, and firm decision-making.
ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT: $2.2B
ASSETS UNDER ADVISEMENT: $15.5B
Clearstead acquires Lancaster Pollard Investment Advisor Group, an institutional investment consulting firm located in Columbus, Ohio.
ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT: $3.2B
ASSETS UNDER ADVISEMENT: $18.0B
The firm is rebranded and renamed Clearstead Advisors, LLC. The name Clearstead combines core firm attributes of clarity and steadfastness. Today, Clearstead continues to prosper by building its private client and institutional advisory businesses.
OVER 550 PRIVATE CLIENTS
OVER 125 INSTITUTIONS
$4 BILLION ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT
$20 BILLION ASSETS UNDER ADVISEMENT
28 EMPLOYEE AND BOARD MEMBER SHAREHOLDERS
Maine Financial Advisors
Clearstead acquires Maine Financial Advisors, a private client wealth advisor in Portland, ME, and merged with our Plimsoll Mark Capital division.
ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT: $7B
ASSETS UNDER ADVISEMENT: $26B
On July 1, 2021, Clearstead Trust, LLC began operations in the State of Maine as a wholly owned subsidiary of Clearstead Advisors, LLC. Clearstead Trust was formed through the acquisition of the Atlantic Trust (a Trust Company based in Portland, Maine) assets.
Burkhart & CO.
Clearstead acquires Burkhart & Co, a private client advisory firm located in Cleveland, OH.
ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT: $11B
ASSETS UNDER ADVISEMENT: $31.5B+
SCOTT SNOW (FINANCIAL ADVISORS) LLC
Clearstead acquires Scott Snow (financial advisors) LLC, a private client wealth advisory firm located in Westlake, OH.
Clearstead acquires Avalon Trust, a high-net-worth focused wealth management firm based in New Mexico, with additional offices in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and Portland, Oregon.
Find Your Clarity
Clearstead is structured to put client's interests first through our fee-only advisory model. Clearstead is independent and believes this is central to providing objective advice to clients.
Clearstead is an institutional and private client advisory firm that is relentless in providing solutions so our clients can exceed their aspirations and build stronger legacies for their families, their communities, and themselves.
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