Enlist Linda Stimac as your Guide/Chief Performance Officer, and you’ll have a trailblazer on your team. Throughout her career, there has always been the unmistakable mark of the pioneer about Linda – that ability to innovate and give organizations results they never had before, the uncanny skill of teaching others how to do it successfully so that they can take up the mantle themselves when her time as their guide is finished. Today it is her real world experience in closing performance gaps that causes senior leaders to seek her wisdom, listen to her counsel and implement what they learn in their teams and cultures.
Facilitate™ is the capstone of Linda’s work – a multi-dimensional learning program that she created in 1995 and continued to update during the rise of the internet and its cataclysmic shift in the way people “buy” and the required transformation in the way professional advisors “sell.” Often hailed as Advisor 2.0, Facilitate enabled more than 5,000 people tasked with new business development in many professions to become Expert Facilitators of Decision Making. Facilitation is not selling, and it is definitely not something that is taught in organizations – unless they’ve been lucky enough to engage Linda.
Facilitate™ was known to its many participants over the past several years as RainmakerDNA™. This year the program was completely revised to deliver personalized audio file assessment results and a companion learning program that helps people change the way they interact with prospective clients in short, effective listen and learn sessions.
In fact, many organizations have been fortunate to have her. As an intrapreneur, Linda joined the executive teams of what she terms “gold standard companies” that championed the transition from transactional to consultative in their approach with clients. In other corporate tours of duty, she came inside to develop new programs designed to jump start synergy and high performance in teams. As an entrepreneur (consultant) today, her natural talent for developing curriculum, coaching and mentoring are extensions of her lifework.
Linda’s first career was teaching, and in the early 1980’s she became an advisor and early CFP® practitioner, launching her second career in financial services.
In 2012, Linda and her daughter Sara, an attorney in the entertainment field, quit their corporate day jobs and moved to Portland, Oregon, to found Firebrand Sports
, a unique boutique fitness community that has garnered national press as being the “future of fitness.” In this family venture, Linda contributed her knowledge to help Firebrand acquire top talent and develop high performing teams.
Linda graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bemidji State University and was selected for foreign study at The University of Oxford in Oxford, England. She is one of six people in the world who are Kolbe® Certified Master Team Consultants
, having successfully completed a rigorous, horizon expanding and incredibly enjoyable learning program with Kathy Kolbe herself.
A featured speaker and accomplished writer, Linda relishes the opportunity to work with groups “live” and add to an organization’s body of knowledge.
Linda Stimac, CFP®
Dain Bosworth (now RBC Dain), Sioux City, IA
Executive Insurance Agency (now ValMark Advisers), Larry Rybka, Sr., Wellington, FL
VP Sales & Marketing
American Business Insurance (now USI), Cinncinnati, OH
VP Program Development
Merrill Lynch & Co./Merrill Lynch Insurance Group, Princeton, NJ
Agency Development/Chief Learning Officer
Securian/Securian Financial Services, St. Paul, MN
VP Strategic Marketing
Sun Life Financial, Wellesley, MA
Head of Practice Management
ING/Financial Network Investment Corp, El Segundo, CA
Linda is a member of the Financial Planning Association and presented her research on the Evolution of the Rainmaker at the 2010 Annual Conference in Denver.
She is a member of the Society of Financial Services Professionals (FSP), has served on its IQ2 taskforce and consults with the FSP Executive Committee.
Texas Tech University, Personal Financial Planning Department, engaged Linda to lead a workshop as part of its Special Topics Program (2014) and she has been a featured presenter on two Financial ConNEXTion Educational Cruises for students/graduate students of financial planning and industry financial professionals (2014, 2016). Linda’s contributions as a Board Member for the Best Interest Initiative, a part of the Center for Financial Responsibility at Texas Tech University, will help to develop a new generation of personal risk management professionals who practice at the highest standard of care for the benefit of the consumer.