About Clay

Stop Pause Play is founded by Clay Johnson, our head coach and interventionist. Clay is a certified professional coach and interventionist, start-up executive, and bestselling author. Clay’s worked with everyone – he’s waited tables during the night-shift at Waffle House, and helped presidents Obama and Bush Sr. on their organizations' technology efforts.

Clay’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Fox News, the Washington Post, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, MSNBC, and CNN.

Clay has founded and sold several companies, mostly digital agencies and software companies, and advised many others to successful exists.

Clay is the bestselling author of “The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption.” He holds a PCC Certification from the International Coaching Federation, a CPC from the institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, and is a certified Grief Recovery Manager ARISE Family Systems Interventionist, and Certified Peer Support Specialist. Clayis the author of Core Values Coaching

Clay lives on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.




  • Certified Professional Coach - iPEC
  • ICF PCC Certification 
  • Certified Peer Support Specialist
  • Certified Grief Recovery Manager
  • Certified ARISE Interventionist
  • Energy Leadership Index - Master Practitioner
  • COR.E Dynamics Leadership and Transition Coach