Linda Stone, CEO & President
Linda Stone was born in the Philippines and came to the United States in her early 20’s with a graduate degree in education to start her teaching career. As things turned out, she ended up taking a job with the phone company. They noticed she was good with numbers and gave her an opportunity to get computer training. Her timing was good, since computers were revolutionizing business and things were changing quickly. After working with several Fortune 500 companies, Linda founded her own Information Technology (IT) company and eventually specialized in IT staffing. The company grew rapidly during the 1990’s as large, Fortune 500 companies were added to the client list.
In 1997, a diagnosis of cancer and major surgery placed Linda in a position to experience first-hand the significant role nurses play in the recovery process. She also noticed that nurses were often under a great amount of stress and appeared to be overworked. During her recuperation, she had an epiphany and she saw an opportunity to use her business skills and experience to help benefit nurses, hospitals and the patients they both cared about. In 2000, Linda founded 24-Hour Medical Staffing Services to help patients receive the care they needed and to help healthcare providers meet patients’ needs. She recognized there were times when healthcare organizations required supplemental staff on a flexible, as-needed basis. 24-Hour Medical Staffing Services is now an award-winning, leading supplier of specialty nurses serving a number of major hospitals in California.
Linda has completed executive management programs at the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth and the Anderson School of Management, UCLA. She has won a number of business awards based on the success of her companies. As a serial entrepreneur, she now oversees three companies that she has founded, including 24-Hour Medical Staffing Services.