Ruth is a former Wisconsin tourism executive and solopreneur from northern Wisconsin. Since retiring from her 30-year career as a Regional Tourism Consultant for the WI Department of Tourism, Ruth has combined her passion for tourism with her business leadership skills to continue to positively impact tourism-based businesses and organizations in Wisconsin.
At the culmination of her 30-year career, she was honored by over 1,000 tourism industry professionals at the WI Governor’s Conference of Tourism, when they awarded you the Lifetime Tourism Legacy Award., which says a lot about her leadership abilities.HOST
Linda John is the CEO and founder of Linda John Consulting, LLC, providing Executive Coaching and Destination Consulting services to clients throughout the USA. From 1993 – 2020, Linda served as the Executive Director for Visit Eau Claire in west-central Wisconsin. Some of Linda’s top accomplishments at Visit Eau Claire included the development of a successful regional tourism program, the creation of a sports commission for the Eau Claire area, and launching two successful mobile visitor center programs, all resulting in record-setting tourism growth for the region during her tenure.
In most recent years, John was at the table for the completion of the Pablo Center at the Confluence, where Visit Eau Claire opened its new Experience Center, as well as collaborating to craft the community partnership strategy for the new Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex. She also was the lead voice in advocating for a new convention center, including the completion of a feasibility study and the development of a collaborative strategy for the project.
Linda now owns and operates her professional consulting practice, Linda John Consulting, through which she offers a variety of professional training and human resource development services, including team development and organizational rebuilding initiatives.
Linda is a Certified Destination Marketing Executive (CDME) and an accredited practitioner of the Integrative Enneagram for both individuals and teams. She holds memberships with Destinations International and the International Coach Federation (ICF). Linda holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Minnesota State University in Mankato and a Master’s of Science degree in Training and Human Resource Development from UW Stout.