Linda Dao OhrVP Strategy Badass businesswoman. Wine enthusiast.
You’ve heard the philosophy of “Think Globally, Act Locally” for sustainability? Well, Linda likes to apply that to business.
Linda’s professional ambition is to make businesses their most successful—and we realized pretty quickly how well that jives with our mission of building brilliant brands. Before we were lucky enough to snag this talented businesswoman as our Vice President, she spent over a decade honing her timeless business savvy with companies across the city.
Linda received her degree from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, moving up the ranks in her career to several directorial and executive positions. She has helped build and train sales teams at Chicago-based tech companies ranging from Jellyvision to PowerReviews to G2. Linda wouldn’t go so far as to say that she “brought sexy back” to Chicago’s tech industry, but she will tell you it’s “a hot time in the old town” thanks to her help.
She’s also worked in nonprofits, recruiting and, wouldn’t you know it, advertising, where she found her place at BatesMeron. Her relationships with our clients demand she understand their company ethos as well as ambition in order to create value. And, as an entrepreneur, Linda learned first-hand the challenges businesses face in starting up, hiring, managing and growing. That experience, combined with her natural curiosity, drive her in understanding each client. That understanding births trust, something we have a lot of in Linda.
Here at BatesMeron, we trust her with everything from providing a fresh eye on a new brand identity project to finding awesome new clients who could benefit from our marketing expertise. But Linda isn’t all work and no play. As a mom to two kids and a dog, she knows just how to balance the fun and the responsibility—and in our office, that’s what it’s all about.
She’s as much of a strategist as she is a food and wine enthusiast, and if you’re impressed by her work, you should see what she and her husband can whip up in the kitchen. Chicago winters are no match for their mad grilling skills.