John Connelly

Managing Partner, COVA Wealth Management

Financial Advisor, RJFS

John Connelly is a Managing Partner at COVA Wealth Management with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. John’s enduring success is a direct result of his proactive, personal approach to wealth management. Since opening the doors of COVA in 2012, John’s evident passion and dedication to helping his clients has served as a professional standard for the entire COVA team.


John is highly attentive to the needs of each of his clients, especially those in and nearing retirement. Effectively drawing on years of industry experience, he serves as a stable sounding board through the ups and downs of the market, helping clients navigate challenges and meet their financial goals. John is respected for his breadth of knowledge and reliable counsel.


Before establishing an independent practice, John worked at Merrill Lynch, serving as Vice President of Wealth Management for eight years. Prior to that, he worked at Morgan Stanley for eight years and then at Prudential Securities, where he and Lee first met.


A native Tennessean who was raised in Chattanooga and attended Baylor before studying at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, John settled in Nashville in 1990. He met his wife Carol at Morgan Stanley, and they are parents to three children: Drew, Tyler and Kelly. When not helping clients, John is busy touring colleges and warning about the dangers of texting and driving.


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