About Us

We are a boutique team of highly-specialized marketers that left our leadership positions in the agency world to create a transparent studio model rooted in strategy and content services.

We operate a lean business model designed to employ and retain high-caliber talent with very low overhead. We invest heavily in ability, employee benefits, and effective remote-working solutions for the modern workforce. There’s no marble-tiled lobby on Main Street here.

Our team is enlightened and equipped.

We invest in team training and utilization of the latest marketing technologies and tools to keep our approach fresh and front-of-market.

Our Approach

We prioritize research and a keen understanding of audience. We’re not focused on just building taglines or relying on algorithmic distribution—we produce soulful storytelling experiences grounded in strategic insights.

We prioritize research and a keen understanding of audience. We’re not focused on just building taglines or relying on algorithmic distribution—we produce soulful storytelling experiences grounded in strategic insights.

Our Values

We strive to provide our team and clients with the kind of fearless transparency that yields true collaborative partnership. Our dedicated resourcing model ensures our team has the time and environment needed to research and implement the kind of modern marketing strategies and assets that drive meaningful client and customer connections.

We strive to provide our team and clients with the kind of fearless transparency that yields true collaborative partnership. Our dedicated resourcing model ensures our team has the time and environment needed to research and implement the kind of modern marketing strategies and assets that drive meaningful client and customer connections.

We do great work. There are no shortcuts to success.
We only hire REALLY kind folks.
We're self-supporting, informed, and proactive.
We take on projects that play to our core strengths.
We are fierce advocates of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We don't work with clients who aren't interested in making the world a better place.
We help one another. If you're too big to do the small stuff, you're too small to do the big stuff
We are upfront, transparent, and compassionate.

Our Mission

We connect high-performing writers, artists, designers, and producers to brands and agencies in need of fresh thinking. We don’t hire full-time teammates unless they can be almost completely dedicated to a single client, giving our talented team and partners the balanced creative ecosystem they need to be truly innovative.

Our Team

We hire kind, talented, and experienced humans that seek to be a part of a growing team founded upon trust and radical transparency. We strive to produce great work, we give back to the community, and above all—we show up for each other.

  • All
  • Business Development
  • Editorial
  • Partner
  • Production
  • Project Management
  • Strategy
  • UX / Design
annie
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
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annie patterson
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Annie is a business development pro who has more than 20 years of matching great new prospective client with the right agency partner. She is passionate about technology, marketing and business strategy — and strives at the intersection of where these three meet. Annie has experience working with global brands like Microsoft and Amazon — but also has a great track record of working with and for independents and niche brands. In her free time she loves hiking trails in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, boating and chilling with her Aussie Shepard, Bucky.

angela
VP, NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
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angela kosniewski
VP, NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

With 20+ years experience at some of the worlds most awarded agencies and seasoned entrepreneur, Angela brings her passion for building connections and partnerships to our team.

Her focus is always looking for the right solution, not just ‘a’ solution, for client business challenges (from global to local) which she’s successfully done for brands like Edgewell, Nissan, Estee Lauder, Hennessy among many others. Angela is a major advocate for animal rescue/adoption and obsessed with all things design.

abby
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
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abby kinsinger
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Abby’s background bridges publishing and marketing. She produced content for a global audience as an editor for American Way magazine before bringing that storyteller’s approach to the agency world. She’s led teams in creating magazines, podcasts, websites, campaigns, and more for clients such as DXC Technology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Avocados From Mexico, and United Way. Abby loves snail mail, yoga, dictionaries, obscure holidays, and helping people find the right words.

ali
UX DESIGNER
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ali khanian
UX DESIGNER

Ali is a self-driven product designer who is passionate about empowering others and solving problems. With 5+ years of design experience, he has worked with brands like Shark Tank to major enterprise clients like PwC, Lincoln Financial Group, and Cognizant. He is a creative thinker who doesn’t always settle for the obvious solution. Pushing boundaries and not just pixels is the unique angle of his approach to design. When he’s afk, he’s really not, because he’s either drawing on his tablet or leading his squad in intense online RTS battles. Although, he does like to hit the weights to find balance.

bernardo
SENIOR UX DESIGNER
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bernardo romero
SENIOR UX DESIGNER

Raised in El Salvador and currently living in Dallas, Bernie uses his passion for human-centered design to create solutions that communicate value and achieve results. He has worked with companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and Cognizant to create everything from automation tools and native app designs to UI libraries and branding materials. When he’s not working, you can find Bernie traveling with his wife and kids, collecting rocks, and sharpening his carpentry skills.

carly
DIGITAL STRATEGIST
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carly benhaim
DIGITAL STRATEGIST

Carly is an innovative thinker with extensive experience across content production, marketing, and program management. She loves to marry business acumen with creative panache to drive results and have fun along the way. When she’s not pursuing operational excellence, you might find her reading a book, sailing on the lake, or backpacking through the west coast.

chelsey
PARTNER, AUDIENCE & STRATEGY
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chelsey shockley
PARTNER, AUDIENCE & STRATEGY

Chelsey is both an expert in audiences and a soulful creator, offering a rare level of insight into how content should be framed and structured. Her business development, content, and marketing work for publishers, non-profits, and agencies gives her a sincere voice and unrelenting attention to detail. A sucker for small teams with big hearts and conscious brand missions, Chelsey spends every spare moment reading, learning a new skill, or walking her dog, Gus.

devon
COPYWRITER
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devon houtz
COPYWRITER
ellen
COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM STRATEGIST
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ellen defeo
COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM STRATEGIST

Ellen has experience in both Account and Project Management, combining her skills in strategic thinking, creative problem solving and organization. She comes from an agency background, working on digital campaigns for a variety of industries including Luxury Beauty, Financial Services, and Healthcare. Outside of work Ellen enjoys combining her love of traveling and being outside, and can often be found hiking, snowboarding or camping on the weekends.

jas
PARTNER, OPERATIONS AND FINANCE
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jas robertson
PARTNER, OPERATIONS AND FINANCE

Jas offers more than 12 years of experience in account roles, and seven years in leadership roles, at content marketing agencies. He has led large multidisciplinary teams through multi-year partnerships with enterprise clients to create integrated marketing programs, manage strategy, facilitate content production, and reimagine measurement for clients like Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Argo Group, Sysco, and Microsoft.

jonny
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY
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jonny clinkenbeard
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY

Jon is a “restless creative” who uses cutting-edge technology to do impossible things. With over ten years of agency work in NYC, he’s collaborated with some of the world’s biggest brands (Google, Samsung, Turner, etc.) to brainstorm, strategize, and produce innovative creative work. When he’s not leading teams into battle, he’s reading about neuroscience, trans-humanism, and quantum, or solving monochromatic 2000-piece puzzles for kicks. If you have an impossible problem, he’s the one to call.

kate
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY
she/her
kate crouse
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY

Endlessly curious with a knack for solving problems in creative ways, Kate is a strategist with more than 10 years of marketing, UX, and branding experience. A history in publishing, B2B and B2C agency work, Kate has background developing strategies and marketing programs for a wide array of clients including HP Enterprise Services, DxC Technologies, McKesson, Avocados From Mexico, Lennox International, and more. An adventurer at heart, Kate loves traveling the world, trying new foods, and maintaining an encyclopedic knowledge of every movie fact you never knew you needed to know.

kenny
PROJECT MANAGER
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kenny allen
PROJECT MANAGER
kyle
VICE PRESIDENT, UX AND DESIGN
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kyle phelps
VICE PRESIDENT, UX AND DESIGN
lauren
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
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lauren petersen
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

Detail-obsessed and deadline-driven, Lauren is a project manager with 6 years of experience overseeing the scoping, development, and production of multiple digital, email, and direct mail campaigns. Her work for brands such as Microsoft, SoFi, and AT&T spans the worlds of both acquisition and CRM. While a sucker for color-coded spreadsheets, Lauren’s true passion lies in fostering relationships with both client and internal teams to solve the seemingly unsolvable. Well, that and correctly predicting the Oscars.

lelde
SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER
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lelde taimina
SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER

Lelde is a highly skilled and organized program manager with 9+ years of experience in project management and process improvement. She is passionate about driving brand awareness and lead generation through various digital channels. She specializes in making business and team processes more efficient, generating more revenue and cost savings – with detailed focus on customer engagement and retention. A certified ScrumMaster that’s driven by the belief that team success is fundamentally about people, not process.

megan
PRODUCTION DIRECTOR
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megan ball
PRODUCTION DIRECTOR

Megan believes producing great creative requires nothing more or less than a good idea, a commitment to the details and the willingness to see it through. That philosophy has led her to stand in the path of an Elk stampede, shovel snow to make November in Montana look like spring and encase a stuffed hamster in Jello mixed with melted gummy worms. It’s also led to 15 years of agency and production success creating content and campaigns for clients like T-Mobile, Toyota, Amazon, Nordstrom, Comedy Central, Sony Pictures and MTV.

michaela
DIGITAL STRATEGIST
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michaela brandt
DIGITAL STRATEGIST

With a background in digital content marketing, Michaela is passionate about connecting audiences with the right content, brands, and products. She views data as the puzzle pieces to client success, and finds joy in finding the perfect fit of user experience and brand promise. A master of digital marketing tools, Michaela has created complex lead generation campaigns and analytics reports for a variety of clients, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, Avocados From Mexico, SMU Cox School of Business, and more. When she’s not solving problems for clients, Michaela enjoys going on adventures with her dog, rooting for the Dallas Stars, and playing an obscene amount of board games with her husband.

sarah
DIGITAL PRODUCER
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sarah dymond
DIGITAL PRODUCER

Sarah is a content marketer experienced in production and project management. Creative and analytical, her superpowers lie in collaborating and advocating for the success of her team. She specializes in delivering campaigns, images, video, and design assets. Sarah’s always on the hunt to squash workflow inefficiencies, create new systems, and build lasting relationships. She’s an avid podcast listener, hobbyist videographer, dancer, and forever wants to hear your book and travel recs.

shawn
MANAGING EDITOR
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shawn shinneman
MANAGING EDITOR

Shawn is a strategic thinker with an editorial sensibility. He came to Johnnie from the publishing world, most recently serving as online managing editor at D Magazine, a role that was a mix of creating new content and optimizing existing stories and packages to boost reader experience. His first love is writing, and to that end he’s covered crime and other chaos, dived into wonky public policy, and profiled remarkable people for print and podcast. Much of his typing has also revolved around business: he’s covered corporate tech and healthcare and produced content for DXC Technology.

travis
PARTNER, CREATIVE AND ACCOUNTS
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travis stewart
PARTNER, CREATIVE AND ACCOUNTS

A storyteller and romantic at heart, Travis has lived and breathed content production for more than a decade. He’s been a journalist, writer, and editor (for books, publishers, and brands), a live television and radio host, a videographer and audio producer, a lead SEO strategist, a social content director, and a lead agency content strategist for brands like Microsoft, American Red Cross, Avocados from Mexico, Orajel, and OxiClean. He’s the Poe Dameron of content — he can fly anything.

veronica
PROJECT MANAGER
she/her
veronica brock
PROJECT MANAGER

Veronica is constantly looking for ways to improve processes while helping the team remain focused on the project at hand. With a background in operations, she has helped scope, schedule, and project manage work with clients in tech, pharmaceutical, insurance, and education industries. Veronica’s love of problem solving and well-executed Excel spreadsheets certainly helps!

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