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About Linda Laitala
Linda Laitala is an accomplished businesswoman and entrepreneur whose skills and talents are widely recognized. After a successful corporate career, Linda co-founded and became president of Raven Machine & Tool in Mora, MN, a company she and her husband owned. In addition to managing the company, she brought on clients in Minnesota, Chicago, Milwaukee, Aberdeen and Kansas City including such industry leaders as Tennant, OTC, BAE Systems (formerly FMC Corporation), Honeywell and others.
Under Linda’s guidance, the company grew over 30% and was recognized as Small Business of the Year by the local Chamber of Commerce. She and Raven Machine & Tool were profiled in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Governor Arne Carlson appointed Linda to the board of directors of Minnesota Technology (currently Enterprise Minnesota) in 1992. She served until 2000. Linda also served on the boards of Minnesota Quality Council, White House Council on Small Business, Women Candidate Development Coalition, the Mora Vasaloppet and the Paradise Community Theatre. She was also an advisor for the Small Business Development Program at Pine Technical College.
She currently serves on the boards of RAIN Source Capital, East Central Energy and the Minnesota Rural Electric Association. She is state Co-President of Minnesota Business and Professional Women’s Association.
Her experience and extensive connections have given her the insights necessary to guide and coach CEOs, entrepreneurs, and Presidents. As owner and founder of Inner Circle of Central Minnesota, Linda helped business owners and presidents make better decisions and to grow more profitable businesses.
Today Linda owns Raven Performance Group and continues to maximize leaders’ businesses and lives through CEO Roundtables.
Linda helps leaders achieve positive results in both their business and their personal life. She believes a business owner’s business should allow them to live the life they want to live. With quick wit, ready laugh and an experienced hands-on approach, Linda awakens latent abilities within her clients and holds them accountable to do what they say they will do.
One of Linda’s favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson is “Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can”. This is the reason she facilitates roundtables–to help people do and be all they can.
About Ruth Hiaring-Wreisner
Executive Coach and Facilitator
Raven Performance Group
Ruth Hiaring-Wreisner is an executive coach and business consultant. Her clients are sole entrepreneurs; and owners, CEO’s, Presidents and other leaders of small to medium companies and divisions of larger businesses. The coaching and consulting services are provided through her practice, Transformation, LLC and as associate of Raven Performance Group
Ruth helps organizations surmount challenges and prosper, and assists individuals in achieving goals and building better lives. She focuses on understanding, encouraging and developing people and their organizations. This allows them to envision possibilities and achieve their goals. Those hallmarks are now the cornerstone of her coaching and consulting practice.
Ruth’s 30-plus-year business career has paved the way for her work as a coach and consultant. She has a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and has completed her coach training at Coach U. She is also certified through the International Coaching Federation.
Early in her career, Ruth worked for multiple corporations, such as Honeywell, Pillsbury and Ball Corporation. From there, Ruth began her nearly 20-year career in the financial services division of Wolters Kluwer, an international firm headquartered in Amsterdam. While there, Ruth rose from a staff director to vice president of multiple line and staff departments. As an executive team member, she was part of leading a division of 2,000 people and transitioning the company from family to investor ownership, and, finally, to becoming a division of a multi-billion dollar corporation.
Ruth left her corporate position in 2005 to begin her new career. As an executive coach and business consultant, she has worked with businesses in manufacturing, distribution, construction, healthcare and professional services. She also works with business leaders through coaching and facilitating Raven Performance Group Virtual Roundtables.
“Life is a journey and has many challenges, and also has many possibilities,” says Ruth. “Helping clients discover and choose to make the most of those possibilities is one of the best parts of coaching.” Ultimately, Ruth helps clients create a meaningful and enjoyable business and personal life that make the journey a “great ride”.
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