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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 March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.