BP@T co-chair leads by serving others

There are people responsible for Quincy Johnson’s success who don’t know he exists. Quincy watches these influencers from afar, taking notes, modeling their good qualities and making them his own. His study of people has led to a variety of accolades, including being named the February 2018 Member of the Month by the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications’ (NAMIC) Atlanta chapter.

“There were times in my career when I didn’t know how to get to the next level,” said Quincy, VP — Distribution Technology Strategy & Integration, Turner. “My mentors have played a huge role in helping me take the next step — some of them probably don’t even know they’re my mentors.”

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, but raised in Kennesaw, Georgia, Quincy’s first mentors were his parents. His mother, an elementary school teacher, always made sure his homework was complete and that Quincy and his brother were on time for their activities. His father was also an educator, serving as an assistant principal for a St. Louis high school before starting his own business, and was as a powerful example of how to endure through tragedy.

When Quincy’s mother passed from cancer a few years ago, his father used his grief as energy to serve in the community and help others overcome the loss of loved ones.

“One of the biggest things my parents taught me is self-awareness,” said Quincy, “but also valuing other people by leading with a servant’s heart.”

Quincy has used “servant leadership” to guide in his 21-year career at Turner. Driven by a passion to make the complexities of technology easy to understand, Quincy has held a variety of leadership and technical positions within broadcast and digital technology and operations. Now his role is to provide strategic direction related to technological issues that impact Turner’s content distribution business.

He was named a 2015 Georgia Game Changer in Digital Media and Entertainment by the

Technology Association of Georgia, and he was a recipient of NAMIC’s 2015 Next Generation Leader Award. Quincy was also listed among The Most Influential Minorities in Cable by CableFAX magazine, from 2012-2016. Additionally, he received the 2012 Multicultural Leadership Award from the National Diversity Council.

But despite Quincy’s success, there were moments during his career when he was hampered by self-doubt. Once he was invited to speak at NAB about his work while serving as the engineering lead for Turner’s broadcast facility in Buenos Aires. But being only five years into his career, he felt that he wasn’t an expert and declined the offer.

“Being a black professional in a field where there aren’t many people who look like me, there were many times when I questioned myself. But eventually you realize you’re there for a reason. Now when I’m presented with an opportunity to speak, I try to say yes every time.”

One of the opportunities Quincy has said yes to is serving as Black Professionals at Turner’s (BP@T) co-chair. He previously helped to relaunch BP@T’s Elevate, a mentoring program that “provides participants with the tools and resources necessary to better navigate their careers within Turner.”  Its goal is to help the company develop and retain top talent.

Like the mentors who have inspired him, Quincy hopes to guide others who are unsure about the next step in their career journey. His advice to mentees is to be thoughtful about the time spent with their mentor. He also reminds them that one person doesn’t have all the answers, that often you need a team of mentors to help guide you through the various aspects of your life.

“That’s what I appreciate about working at Turner, is that we’re very much a team,” said Quincy. “Everyone will come together to make sure you have what you need to be successful. You just have to ask.”