TJ Johnson’s work focuses on business finances, but he’ll gladly tell you about his love of country music.
“If I could only pick one artist to listen to for the rest of my life, it’d have to be Eric Church,” said Johnson.
Like many Nashvillians, he has found a way to merge his love for the genre with his own career. For him, that connection takes place at Plaid Flag.
Johnson has served as the director of finance and accounting at Plaid Flag since the company began in 2014. Since then, he’s used his considerable financial experience to guide the independent music company, creating budgets, preparing statements and lending advice on the economic aspects of Plaid Flag’s ventures.
His business experience and love of country music makes Johnson an indispensable part of the team at Plaid Flag. His strength lies in his listening-first mentality. Working with musicians, he knows it’s important to pay attention to what the writer or artist values most about a particular project before crafting the budget and plan around it. This ability to find the intrinsic motivation behind any given record helps Johnson put numbers to music and recognize its financial potential.
Johnson earned his Master of Business Administration with emphases in finance and entrepreneurship & strategy in 2012 from University of California Davis. He worked as a consultant at various businesses in the West Coast before moving to Nashville in 2013 to take up the role of business manager at Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy. He cut his teeth in music business at that job, working on the daily operations for touring artists and handling their budgets and financial needs. Most recently, Johnson has worked as a financial analyst for Bridgestone Americas Inc. and for Intermedix Corp.. But he couldn’t stay away from country music, which brought him to Plaid Flag.