Eager for a change, Johnson started researching local agencies and knew Pace was for her. She got on LinkedIn and contacted Pace Executive Creative Director Neil Marion, who agreed to meet up with her at a restaurant in Winston-Salem. “I ordered him anything he wanted,” she laughs. “He really listened to me about what I wanted to get out of my career. Then he got his phone out, opened the job recs at Pace and saw the producer position was open, so we talked about it. I applied for it that night,” she says.