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Linda Leake

Chief Operating Officer, Human Relations Strategy

Results-driven, effectual leader experienced in building and growing organizations, revenues and relationships within the non-profit, public and private sectors.

Within in her own businesses and the 300+ companies she has served, Linda Leake gets measurable revenue results through people. Her ability to assess and find the pain, plan the change and engage herself and others in implementing constructive change have been proven time and again in all sizes of organizations.

Linda has experience across all functional areas of business. As an Executive Partner with SmartCore Business solutions, Linda will continue to put her “lived it” experience and multiple talents to use with the Clients of SmartCore. She has been engaged in a multitude of industries with C Level Executives and Managers. Linda knows people, their behavior and maximizes their full potential. Right people are the Return On Investment (ROI) for every successful organization.

Prior to SmartCore, Linda owned, managed and sold three successful companies in nine years in healthcare, retail, and manufacturing. Linda sold her speech therapy practice with four office locations to venture capitalists, stayed on for two years and was one of six executives to grow a national company from $7- $45 million in revenue, 150 – 1500 employees in two years and the company went public at $17 a share. Her sales abilities brought in $3 million in 18 months while also developing and implementing marketing materials for rehabilitation services to hospitals and nursing homes. Linda’s experience with venture capitalists positioned her to exceed goals and obtain results with 300+ organizations and thousands of individuals locally and nationally. She has also authored the book Private Practice: A Business Venture. In addition, Linda has a patent for her invention, Make A Mark!

Linda has served on numerous private and non-profit Boards. In addition, wrote numerous articles for publications with some being Plastic Surgery Practice Advisor, North Carolina Business, Women’s Edge, Women in the Triangle, Business Leader, Triangle Business Journal, News and Observer, Council for Entrepreneurial Development Newsletter, Business Sense - bankers publication, Small Business Sense - Pacific Bell publication. Multiple sources also published articles about her work including Entrepreneur, Success, Wall Street Journal. Sales Management, Triangle Business Journal, Business Leader.

Ms. Leake’s career includes successful experience as an entrepreneur, executive, leader, manager, mediator, coach, facilitator, speaker, author, and inventor. Her Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University and her Master’s Degree from Wayne State University, with post-graduate courses in supreme and district court mediation, legal terminology, organization development, marketing, sales, fundraising, strategic planning and two years of training with venture capitalists position her to continue to achieve results through thousands of more people in hundreds of more organizations.

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