I’d love to hear your ideas on the subject of excellence and how it relates to the bigger picture of success in our careers! You can email me at Linda.Martinelli@proforma.com

"There is no such thing as a Glass Ceiling; the business world is full of infinite opportunities to succeed with the right combination of sales skills, tenacity and a commitment to excellence." Linda Martinelli

Linda Martinelli has not only overcome adversity to become a successful business owner, but she has also paved the way for other women in business. In 1998, Linda Martinelli, a single mom of three, left her high-profile position with corporate accounts in the printing and office products industry to follow her passion and own her own business.

Her favorite business topic is customer service and how it can make or break a business. The big question is… Are we losing this vital skill in the workplace and if so, how can we recapture it? Linda shares her sales skills, techniques and tactics here on America Out Loud in her weekly column.

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence." Confucius

My Weekly Column of Excellence!

The Hiring Blues…

I need to hire an employee. I dread what the process has become and so I procrastinate, not ready to put myself through the...

Why Should I Pay for Their Lifestyle?

Why should any hardworking productive American get out of bed every day and go to work only to give a portion of their pay...

Question the Revelations

The latest allegations of sexual misconduct by Judge Roy Moore carry a very significant stench. I, of course, don't know if there is a...

Bucking for American Values

It certainly seems like the world is going crazy as of late. I hear it from Americans everywhere I travel. But then, I have...

Photoshopping History – Christ Church in Alexandria to remove two historical plaques

History has always been and always will be the best teacher for current and future generations. Certainly history will never be perfect anywhere, in...

Test the Teacher

Teachers are one of the most influential molding sources in the lives of American children. We can all remember that great teacher who had...

You Are Irrelevant!

It seems there are so many people and organizations telling us what to say and how to think. Let's face it, it’s pretty noisy out...

Football’s Folly

Professional sports is a business; a very healthy and profitable business. So many Americans make their living by doing some job associated with sports....

Faces of Shame

I remember having a National election less than a year ago. As I recall, one of the huge issues affecting the outcome of the...

Who’s Accountable Here?

We have an accountability crisis in this country. Growing up, I was always taught by my parents to be, and made to be, accountable...

Published in 1984 – A Sad Relevancy Even Today

Today I defer my column to the wisdom of Charley Reese. Charley was a journalist who wrote for the Florida Sentinel, until he died...

In Times of Crisis… Where Were They?

Democrats say they are the party of the people; the compassionate ones, the people for the people. The republicans, they say, are for the...

Excellence Starts Here....

Linda Martinelli was the first sole female franchise owner in Proforma to qualify for the Million Dollar Club and reach Multi-Million Dollar Club status. She was also Proforma’s first female development coach and in 2005, was the first female elected by her business peers to the elite Owners Advisory Council. In 2011, Linda was named one of ASI’s Top 10 Women to Watch and earned Proforma’s inaugural Women’s Leadership Award in 2012.

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Linda is the recipient of the International Franchise Organization’s, prestigious Franchisee of the Year Award, and their Multimillion Sales Award for 17 straight years. She is also the recipient of Proforma’s Innovator Award, The Best of the Best, its Top 12 Franchises in the Country Award in 2013 and 2015, the Highest Revenue Award, with several more corporate franchise distinctions. Linda has been honored by Inc. Magazine as having been repeatedly listed on their 5000 Fastest Growing American Private Companies.

Linda consistently demonstrates a passion for helping others succeed. She is willing to share her sales skills, techniques and tactics to help others grow their businesses to help others continue to move ahead. Her favorite business topic is customer service and how it makes or breaks businesses, how we are losing this vital skill and how to recapture it. She often tells women business owners that there is no such thing as a “Glass Ceiling,” and that the business world is full of infinite opportunities to succeed with the right combination of sales skills, tenacity and commitment to customer service.

As a passion, Linda genetically breeds, raises and competes in the Bucking Bull futurity and Professional Bull Riding events. Her prize bull Ringo Kid is the current Futurity World Champion of the Million Dollar Bucking Bull Games.