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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 February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.