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Ms. Ginac

Linda Ginac

President & CEO, TalentGuard

Linda Ginac is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of TalentGuard, the Predictive People Development company.

Ms. Ginac's education started with an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from Norwich University, followed by a Master's in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University.

During her career, Ms. Ginac took numerous leadership roles. She was Vice President of Business Development at Computer People and Vice President of Marketing at EPSIAA, where  she was responsible for the global expansion of the brand. Ms. Ginac was also a marketing executive at pcOrder, working closely together with the team that led the company from a start-up to a NASDAQ-listed public corporation.

Cofiniti is another company where Ms. Ginac worked as a Vice President, this time of Product Strategy. At this position, she pioneered company's global entry into collaborative financial planning using cloud-based technology.

In 1999, Ms. Ginac founded a successful career development franchise to help clients all across the US and Canada and now she is at TalentGuard.

During her entire career, Ms. Ginac has been bringing innovative technology to the market and this has not remained unnoticed. At LEAD2016, she was recognized as a Top Corporate Leader Award - Over 35 winner by Leadership Excellence. She was also honored with a Central Texas' Most Powerful Business Woman Award by the Austin Business Journal and won the Women of the Year - Entrepreneur by the YWCA.

Ms. Ginac is also the author of “Fake Perfection“, a story about surviving transition; the Career Management Certification System, and a training program for career service professionals. Through the years, she has been published in many journals, online websites, magazines, and print newspapers.

Ms. Ginac can be contacted at 512-943-6800 or linda.ginac@talentguard.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.