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Linda’s Key Qualifications:

Experience: Over 20 years as an Executive Coach
Client Industries: Retail, Financial Services, Food Service/Chain Restaurants, Entertainment, and Hospitality
Levels of Service: Senior management levels
Expertise: Accelerated development of capable leaders in organizations to strengthen team functioning, plan for business, and identify/build core competencies and talent management processes
Coaching Style: By linking business needs to people practices and initiatives through my knowledge, insights, candor, pragmatism and ability to better leverage talent to achieve company goals

Linda’s 30-year career has spanned several disciplines, contributing to the breadth and strength of her consulting skills. She is known for her excellence as an executive coach, a trainer/facilitator, and a consultant on organization and leadership development. Clients really appreciate Linda’s knowledge, insights, pragmatism, candor, and ability to identify how the business can achieve on its goals by better leveraging its talent.

Linda has 20 years’ experience as an executive coach. In those years, she has provided feedback, development planning and coaching services to hundreds of business leaders. She maintains an ongoing coaching clientele of 10 to 20 executives in mostly Fortune 500 companies. She is a Registered Corporate Coach and is certified in numerous assessments including the 16PF, MBTI, DISC, FIRO-B, 16PF, and ESCI. She has served on advisory panels for coaching organizations and is currently chairing the Selection Committee for the Georgia Coach Association’s PRISM Award.

Linda served in several executive capacities with Hartmarx Corporation, the nation’s largest manufacturer of men’s tailored clothing. In her seven years with the retail division of that company, she held senior level positions in Human Resources, Business Development, and Marketing & Strategic Planning. Linda was the catalyst for several significant initiatives while at Hartmarx—such as institutionalizing leadership development, moving the company to #1 in customer satisfaction, and crafting joint ventures with companies that doubled sales volume and increased profitability.

Prior to her corporate and consulting roles, Linda was a college instructor for over seven years, focusing primarily on marketing, economics and business management. She was highly regarded as a teacher, and her skills are certainly evident when facilitating meetings. Linda’s knowledge base is broad and strong—from “soft skills” such as coaching, leadership and communication to business topics such as marketing, finance and strategy. She can talk business and link business needs to people practices and initiatives. She has created and delivered dozens of customized training programs and management meetings for her clients, with outstanding results. Linda has an M.B.A. in Marketing from Connecticut State University and a B.S. in Business Management from Golden Gate University.

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I am very indebted to Dave Brookmire and Corporate Performance Strategies. Faced with any talent quandary, Dave brings not only his wealth of experience and industrial psychology background, but also a practical tailored approach that is appealing to both HR and business leaders. Through our continued partnership with Dave and Corporate Performance Strategies, we have made significant progress in both our talent pipeline processes and outcomes here at The Cheesecake Factory Inc.

- Dina Barmasse-Gray, SVP Human Resources, HR Group "Celebrate the CAKE", The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated

We first engaged CPS about five years ago to assist with integration planning and execution. At that time we looked for a partner that fit our unique methods, philosophy, style and culture, and was capable of helping us achieve our business goals. Over the years we have valued CPS’ professional expertise and high quality work. Dave and his team are preferred providers who have been able to meet our aggressive time schedules for starting and executing complex and large transactions across different industries. They quickly frame our requirements, execute project plans, meet deadlines and effectively translated our deal objectives into action plans. We receive positive feedback on their effectiveness from the sellers leadership team and from our senior partners in the firm. Their work has contributed substantially to the successful transitions of companies into the Platinum Equity portfolio.

- Mike Scott, Acquisition leader, Platinum Equity (Global with $27.5B in aggregate revenue acquired)

Corporate Performance Strategies and RARE Hospitality have shared a long-term business relationship because they make a practical difference for our people and our shareholders. Corporate Performance Strategies has been integrally involved in every phase of our talent management process, which is the lifeblood of our ability to successfully grow our company.

- Tom Gathers, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Atlanta-based RARE Hospitality International, Inc.