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Patrick R. Wallace
President & Lead Financial Advisor

Mr. Wallace founded Covington Investment Advisors, Inc. in 2003 to provide comprehensive wealth management services as an Independent Investment Advisor. His responsibilities include managing and developing all aspects of the business which include, managing existing client relationships and developing new relationships, training and supervising staff, and managing the resources of the firm. In addition to his responsibilities at Covington, Mr. Wallace serves on numerous community and foundation boards of directors. Mr. Wallace is the sole owner of Covington; however, there is an internal succession plan in place to ensure continuity for the families we serve.

Background: Mr. Wallace’s career began in a trust banking environment starting as a Trust Management Trainee and working his way up to a Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager. He received his B.S. degree in Business Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1985. He is a 1989 graduate of the PBA Central Atlantic School of Trust at Bucknell University, a 1990 graduate of the ABA National Trust School at Northwestern University and is a 1992 graduate of the ABA National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University.

Mr. Wallace may be reached at our office number or by email at
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Daniel P. Messmer
Operations / IT Manager / Compliance Officer

Mr. Messmer’s responsibilities include maintaining, enhancing, and monitoring a firm wide compliance program. Technology plays a vital role in Covington’s day to day operations therefore, Mr. Messmer is also in charge of maintaining all aspects of technology that is utilized which include data downloads, software and hardware management, devices, and employing a robust security program.

Background: In his second career as a network administrator, Mr. Messmer was originally trained in electronics and employed by business radio and paging companies; RCA, Motorola, Arch Paging and TSR. Mr. Messmer retrained for the computer field as the RF industry began the switch to cellular technology. Mr. Messmer is a graduate of Kaplan University and has taught at the Pittsburgh campus evening computer and networking related courses.

Mr. Messmer may be reached at our office number or by email at
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Alma Johnson
Administrative Assistant and Office Manager

Mrs. Johnson’s primary responsibility is for the management of the Covington business office including budgets, accounting, payroll and benefits, office equipment purchase and maintenance and management fees. She also serves as Administrative Assistant to Mr. Wallace and is able to assist in other areas of the investment management side of the business as needed.

Background: Mrs. Johnson's career has been as a support person for upper level management professionals in numerous fields (academia, insurance, environmental consulting, public relations, manufacturing). Her job experience has been supplemented with college courses in Business Management, Human Resources Management as well as informal courses in other business-related and office management subjects.

Mrs. Johnson may be reached at our office number or by email at
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Cindy Jones
Portfolio Manager

Mrs. Jones’ responsibilities include trading, research, monitoring and managing the investment portfolio’s, and proposing trades at the individual client level and aggregate account level. With her computer programming background she is also responsible for designing and developing tools to help streamline processes and enhance efficiency. Her additional responsibilities include data gathering, modeling, case design, scenario building, plan development, and presentation development.

Background: Mrs. Jones' career started with a third party investment management firm that utilized model portfolios. As she gained experience, she worked her way up to a position in the portfolio management division. Mrs. Jones is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and has a B. S. degree in Applied Mathematics. Mrs. Jones holds a Series 65 securities license.

Mrs. Jones may be reached at our office number or by email at
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Hannah Steel
Client Services Administrator

Ms. Steel is responsible for responding to our clients' needs and serving as the liaison among our clients, our staff and Charles Schwab and Co., Inc.

Background: Hannah is starting her career at Covington Investment Advisors. She is a recent graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Eberly College of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management.

Ms. Steel may be reached at the office number or by email at
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Covington Investment Advisors, Inc.
301 E. Main Street
Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: 724-238-0151
Fax: 724-238-0148
Email: messmer.advisors@comcast.net