John Watts

John P. Watts,

CEPA®, AIF® Managing Director

As Branch/Managing Director, John brings over 31 years of experience with a real-world perspective and a passion for developing successful, long-term investment strategies for clients. Since 1988, John has specialized in providing individuals, families and corporations with investment planning, investment consulting and retirement planning services. As founder of what is now Madison Street Wealth Advisors of Raymond James, he has carefully assembled an experienced and respected team of financial professionals and support staff. Additionally, throughout John’s career, he has been active within Capital Markets/Investment Banking serving as liaison resulting in the successful closing of six transactions with total enterprise value in excess of $1.25 billion. John was named to the 2022 edition of the Forbes list of Best in State Wealth Advisors†.

A native of Huntsville, John graduated cum laude from Birmingham Southern College in 1986 where he majored in business administration and biology. He attended Birmingham Southern on a full athletic scholarship, and was honored as a Men’s Tennis Academic All-American. Following his term as National Alumni President, John served on the Board of Trustees at Birmingham-Southern College for 8 years. He currently serves on the newly created Birmingham Southern Foundation Board.

John’s hobbies include boating, golf and hiking in the mountains of North Carolina. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Wimberley and their three grown children, Sarah, Preston and Christopher as well as very best canine friend Maddie.

The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years of experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Out of approximately 34,925 nominations, more than 6,550 advisors received the award. This ranking is not indicative of an advisor's future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients' experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. Please visit for more info.