We love each other. No really, we do. We think you should love us, too. Today we are continuing our series that lets you get to know our Army of Awesome. Meet our new Senior Account Manager, Joelle Johnson!

1. HOW WAS YOUR FIRST DAY OF WORK AT ARPR?

Invigorating! Between training sessions, meeting the team and learning the ARPR way, I was always busy but never overwhelmed. It’s apparent – and impressive – how much thought and detail goes into onboarding new hires (and clients). By lunch, I felt right at home with my colleagues in our amazing new Atlantic Station office. It couldn’t have been a better experience.

2. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST NON-WORK-RELATED ACHIEVEMENT?

I’ve completed more than 50 races, including 14 half marathons, to date. I started running in college as a healthy way to relieve stress and, like Forrest Gump, never stopped. I even ran a 5k race the day before getting married!

I’m a proud follower of the Galloway method of run/walk/run and believe that anyone – regardless of age, athletic ability, or size – can be a runner. The best part of running, for me, is sharing it with friends and family. Since I started running, my husband, parents, sister, brother-in-law and countless friends have joined me for races of varying distances. We often make “runcations” out of events, too! The majority of my half marathons have been during a “runcation” at Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Savannah, Ga.

3. WHICH TWO CELEBRITIES (DEAD OR ALIVE) WOULD YOU LIKE TO SIT IN BETWEEN ON A 10-HOUR FLIGHT?

The first is easy for obvious reasons: Walt Disney. The second is tied between three women I admire from afar for their passion, tenacity and courage to break barriers: Desiree Linden (U.S. Olympic runner, 2018 Boston Marathon winner and fellow 5’1” runner), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the Duchess of Sussex (aka Meghan Markle). 

4. WHAT IS ONE THING YOU DO EVERYDAY THAT YOU WISH WAS AUTOMATED?

Figuring out what to cook for dinner. I don’t mind grocery shopping and I love to cook, but I hate having to decide what to make.

5. WHICH WAY DOES YOU TOILET PAPER HANG ON THE WALL – OVER OR UNDER?

Did you know that the 1981 toilet paper roll patent specifically states that the end of the roll should be hanging off the exterior? Over is quite literally the correct way to hang toilet paper.

 6. THOUGHTS ON HOT SAUCE?

Considering I drive out of my way to specific stores to purchase certain hot sauces, it’s safe to say I’m addicted. Personal favorites: Classic and Jalapeno Tabasco, Walkerswood Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce, Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce and Valentina Salsa Picante. 

7. WHAT ARE THREE THINGS STILL LEFT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

  1. Visit the last three Disney parks and resorts that I haven’t been to yet: Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. 
  2. Complete a full marathon (slated for January 2021!).
  3. Run* the Marathon du Médoc in Bordeaux, France. It isn’t your traditional 26.2-mile race – there are 23 stops along the course, and runners are encouraged to enjoy the wine, snacks and entertainment at each!  (*I’ll be walking this one.)

8. WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?

I always joke that this  is a bit of a loaded question. I’m a Cajun by blood – all of my extended family lives in Louisiana – but I have never lived there myself. I was born in Mississippi and we moved to a suburb of Nashville when I was about one or two. Shortly after, we moved to Bentonville, Ark., and stayed there for five years. In early 2001 we moved to the northside of Atlanta, and in 2004 we moved to the southside of the city. 

While I’ve remained in the metro-Atlanta area since (except for a brief stint in Orlando while interning at Walt Disney World), I haven’t felt like a true native until Atlanta United was formed and bonded the city together. My Cajun roots are strong, so being a Saints/LSU fan in Georgia always made me feel like a fish out of water! 

9. FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE TECH INDUSTRY?

Even though there’s new tech emerging everyday, consumer and business adoption takes time (particularly in the U.S.). I love being able to see, experience and understand what most people view as the tech of tomorrow. 

10. IF YOU COULD ONLY HAVE THREE APPS ON YOUR PHONE, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

Email (although my husband may disagree), The New York Times and Google Chrome.

Joelle is dedicated to helping her clients strategically communicate their value to media, analysts, investors and customers. She is passionate about understanding the intersection of financial technology with daily life.

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