Linda Geldner is responsible for delivery of facilitation and partnering services to our clients. She also consults on business development, RFP responses and strategic planning. Prior to joining The Geldner Group in 2009 Linda was responsible for implementing business strategies and services for the U.S. Navy’s Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFAC SW) the equivalent of a $2 billion/year corporation. Geldner also served five years as Deputy Assistant Operations Officer for the NAVFAC SW where she was responsible for up to 200 employees and the execution of $400 million/year in Marine Corps and Navy facilities work.
Geldner (Verbanic) began her career in the San Francisco bay area with NAVFAC’s Western Division in 1979. She moved to San Diego in 1981 as the support architect for construction of the $300 million Balboa Naval Hospital. She subsequently worked as a construction manager for 5 years responsible for over $30 million in projects. In 1988 she transferred to NAVFAC’s newly formed Environmental Department where she managed over $200 million in environmental analysis, cleanup and remediation projects.
During the first round of BRAC (Base Relocation & Closure), Geldner was promoted to Base Closure Manager for the Naval Training Center San Diego. From 1993 to 1998, she successfully coordinated such diverse elements as local planning groups; city, state and federal officials; and special advocacy groups to make the disposal of NTC one of the smoothest in the country. Her efforts served as a model for other base closures around the country.
Geldner is a Registered Architect in the State of Nevada and a recipient of the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award. She served as chair of her local community’s planning committee, Board Member for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME San Diego Post) and is active in several nonprofit organizations. Geldner currently serves on the City of Carlsbad Planning Commission and served as a member of its Historical Preservation Commission for 4 years.