We have over 20 years of IT and Executive Management experience in multiple industries developing end-to-end solutions. Ours is a unique blend of operational and IT experience. We thrive on solving business challenges, developing operational strategies, and implementing solutions that enable you to take ownership of your businesses success. We consider the entire horizon of opportunities to provide a broad set of possible solutions. We have the ability to quickly focus in on the best alternative to enable your company to reach its full potential. We help you realize your vision.

A Unique Blend of Operational and IT Experience



Linda Hughes has over 25 years of experience in company operations with extensive experience in business strategy, operational planning, revenue generation, and information technology management. She has worked in a variety of industries, including consumer products, hospitality, healthcare, industrial products, retail and telecommunications.

Some of Linda’s past roles include a divisional CIO for The Coca-Cola Company, Vice President of the Technology Practice and CIO for The North Highland Company, an international management and technology consulting firm, and most recently held the position of CIO for AIG Agency Auto. Linda is currently the president and CEO of The Great Ridge Company which provides consulting services focused on improving the operational and growth capabilities of small to medium businesses.

Ms. Hughes is a frequent speaker and author on business and technology topics. She has presented at numerous industry conferences as a panelist, individual presenter, and key-note speaker. She is heavily involved in non-profit activities and serves on the board of multiple organizations headquartered in the Atlanta area. She has been interviewed for articles appearing in CIO Magazine, TechRepublic, as well as many local Atlanta magazines and has written articles for publications such as Optimize Magazine.

Ms. Hughes received her Bachelor’s of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech

The Great Ridge Company "In the News"

Many employees of The Great Ridge Company are accomplished speakers. We have presented at conferences, professional associations, civic associations, and many other venues. Some of the topics include:

  • Successful Leadership Styles - Washington, D.C. Executive Conference
  • Organizational Chameleons - Women in Technology International
  • Executive Dashboard Components - Nashville Executive Forum
  • Strategy Development - GMIS Training Course
  • IT Organizational Structures - Information Management Forum
  • Non-Profit Involvement - Buckhead Rotary
  • Implementing a Global LIMS - International LIMS conference (Keynote)
  • Workforce Management - Microsoft International SQL Server Conference
  • Demonstrating IT’s Value - Tampa CIO Council
  • Establishing a PMO - Florida PMO Conference
  • IT Strategy - GA. Center for Non-Profits
  • Customer Relationship Management - Denver Executive Conference
  • Integration of Voice and Data networks - Avaya User Conference
  • CIO panel discussions on various topics