As CEO of Ohlmann Group, Linda helps chart the future with our leadership team while also fulfilling her role as Vice President of Media Services. Linda has a market-wide reputation as one of the most respected media planners and negotiators in the business. For her efforts, she received the Mercury Award for Best Media Buyer from the American Advertising Federation – Dayton, for six years in a row from 2007 to 2012. She became the emeritus recipient of this honor in 2013. From 2013 to 2015, she received the Mercury Award for Best Ad Agency Rep, and in 2014 Linda was also named Vendor of the Year. In addition, she received the coveted AAF Silver Medal in 2015, the highest honor bestowed by the Advertising Federation. She continues to serve on the Advertising Review Council of the Better Business Bureau, and the Dayton Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees Executive Board. She is also committee chair for their MARCOM committee.
A graduate of Miami University where she studied political science, psychology, and math, Linda worked upon graduation for Rike’s in Dayton (later purchased by Macy’s) before coming to Ohlmann Group in 1979. She began her career here as a Media Planner/Buyer before being promoted to Associate Media Director, and then Senior Vice President, Media where she supervised a staff of four and maintained overall management responsibility for all media evaluation, analysis, purchase, and post-buy analysis.
Linda has enhanced and reconfigured Ohlmann Group’s media department, and continually brings in current media data source services, including one of the industry’s most sophisticated computer-assisted systems for research and broadcast media buying analysis. She has implemented a related system to tie the accounting function to media purchases. This has resulted in better efficiency and accountability.
Linda fills up what little time she has left in the day or weekend with her husband, Dennis and traveling to Cleveland to visit their son, Andrew. She loves movies, college basketball, catching-up with friends and family, exercising at the pool (when not reading the latest novel and/or industry publications), and playing cards. Careful, it’s hard to bluff an accomplished media buyer!