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About Us

Goodson Wealth Management has served communities in Middle Tennessee for over two decades. We are deeply committed to our clients and communities with active involvement in Housing Sewanee, Monteagle-Sewanee Rotary and Sewanee Business Alliance to name a few.

Our Team

Our seasoned team offers a full range of financial management services to support our clients holistically in the attainment of their goals through Lifevesting wealth management.

John C. Goodson

Founder and Managing Principal

My family has called Sewanee home since 1994 alongside several horses, cats, dogs and a champion German Shepherd named Ponto, in honor of my great-great grandfather General Edmund Kirby-Smith’s canine companion during the Civil War.


University of Dallas
Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA


I consider myself a man of vision and faith. It is my goal to help my clients approach their financial health with a holistic perspective. I believe in and practice the principles of Lifevesting passionately. It is essential to consider all aspects of a client’s life to construct and maintain a financial plan that grows with their needs and goals. My financial career began in 1992.

I serve my community through the Sewanee Business Alliance, Board of Housing Sewanee, Sewanee Civic Association and Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. I am the past president of Monteagle-Sewanee Rotary and Cowan Lions Club. I am a member of The Episcopal Parish of St. Mark and St. Paul on the Mountain.

Core Principles

Treat all with Respect
Acknowledge the dignity of every person.


Deliver best of class resources once only available to ultra-high net worth individuals.

Enlist skills of professionals and resources to create the best solutions for our clients.


Be frank and honest in all our interactions.


Earn and retain the trust of every client.


Have faith in our clients, co-workers and the greater good.


Deliver on our promises and obligations to clients and co-workers for successful outcomes. Always put our clients’ interests first.


Help our community become a better place for all its citizens.


Enhance the lives of everyone we touch.

Tonya D. Smith

Director of Operations

I’m a proud Tullahoma native and my family calls it home.


Motlow State Community College

Smyrna, TN


I bring over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to my position at Goodson Wealth Management. It is my mission to ensure our clients receive the best experience under our care. Our clients deserve and receive my complete attention every day. 

I have worked with John since 1994 at Edward Jones. We share a deep devotion to all Goodson Wealth Management clients.

Cecilia L. Senter

Client Services Manager

My family lives not far from where I was raised in Tullahoma.


Motlow State Community College

Smyrna, TN
Tennessee Vocational Center


I joined John in 2001 at Wachovia (formerly First Union). Relaxed and secure Goodson Wealth clients are my goal. I apply the knowledge I’ve gained in financial services to any and every client need, from paperwork to reporting, or just making them feel welcome when they call or come by the office.

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