Meet Steve Johnson, Founder & Principal
Steve Johnson is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years' experience as senior agency leader, corporate communications executive and reporter. He has worked across consumer, corporate, B2B and sports & entertainment marketing verticals running traditional media outreach, social media executions, issues and crisis response, executive communications coaching, as well as diversity & inclusion/internal communications efforts.
After starting his career in Chicago radio, Steve worked for Amoco Corp. (now BP) in a variety of roles before moving to McDonald's Corp. for an internal communications role. Later, he moved to the agency-side with MSLGROUP leading programs for General Motors, Nike and the U.S. Army's sports marketing efforts. With a move to Weber Shandwick, he continued to focus on consumer and sports marketing accounts for Army, State Farm and Polaris, while broadening his role to include diversity & inclusion.
Steve brought all of his expertise to bear as vice president of public relations for sports marketing and media firm, Intersport. There he helped create the firm's communication architecture and drive visibility in key traditional outlets and social media channels. He started SJConnects just before the Intersport role.
Steve has been on award-winning teams as a reporter/documentarian (Emmy), on the client-side (NAIC investor relations award), and the agency side (PRSA Silver Anvils, Event Marketer Ex Awards and IT List, Tellys, Cynopsis Media, Sports Business Journal, PR Week, PCC Silver Trumpet). Over the last year he has spent time leading workshops and working with start-ups at Chicago's digital incubator 1871.
A native of Evanston, Ill., Steve earned his bachelor's degree in print journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while achieving a minor in history. He recently returned to his hometown with his wife and three boys -- and now a dog named Pablo Picasso -- where he recently became a mentor with Evanston Scholars.
Integrated Media Relations
Presentation & Media Training
Executive message development
Issues and crisis communications