We’re back with the next installment of our staff spotlight series! The next interview is with Johnson Huang, Controller based in New York City.
Christian Hendricks: Can you describe what you do as Fenton’s controller?
Johnson Huang: I am responsible for overseeing Fenton’s accounting and finance functions, which includes everything from billing clients and paying bills to financial reporting and forecasting. I work closely with management to provide key performance insights and data for both operational and strategic initiatives.
CH: What do most people not know about being a controller at a firm like Fenton?
JH: It’s a huge “behind-the-scenes” type of role, and as you can imagine, includes working with A LOT of numbers, data, people and systems. The work affects every aspect of our business, which in turn, requires a great level of detail and accuracy.
CH: What do you enjoy most about working at Fenton?
JH: First, I’m a big fan of Fenton’s mission and progressive work. I think these are areas that a lot of agencies do not pay enough attention to. Second, I really enjoy working with such a talented and diverse group of people. The culture is truly “no-ego” and inclusive at its core. And I love the flexibility to work virtually.
CH: What social causes do you care about deeply?
JH: I am extremely passionate about climate change and the implications for our future generations. For many decades, we took our planet for granted and neglected its resources to its breaking point. I wish previous generations had paid more attention to issues like these, instead of putting it off and letting future generations deal with it.
CH: You’ve lived in New York City your whole life — what are some of your favorite spots?
JH: My favorite spots in New York City are the parks, specifically Prospect Park. I love running there because one loop is exactly five kilometers (about 3.1 miles). I frequent many Brooklyn pizzerias — there’s nothing like them in the world. My go-to’s are L&B Spumoni Gardens and Di Fara.
CH: You’re also a runner who ran the New York City marathon in 2019 — can you tell us about that experience?
JH: It’s a very therapeutic and life-changing experience! Not only is it the greatest test of endurance imaginable (in my opinion), but you learn so much about yourself because you will spend hundreds of hours running hundreds of miles so there’s a lot of “alone time” in your own head.
CH: What are you most looking forward to this holiday season?
JH: I’m looking forward to spending time with my family, especially my six-month-old daughter’s first Christmas! As a father of two, I’m looking forward to creating holiday memories with my kids — everything from holiday songs to photos with Santa to tree decorating.
Thank you, Johnson!