About the Founder

A veteran workshop leader, meeting facilitator, writer and public speaker with 20 years of experience guiding organizations, teams and individuals to higher achievement, Gayla Zoz is President/CEO of Praesentia, Inc., a Nashville-area firm that provides marketing and communication consulting services to clients in the United States and Canada. 

As a marketing and communication consultant, Gayla has guided the efforts of political campaigns, small business marketing and public relations initiatives, and employee communication campaigns.  As a coach, she has helped people in every walk of life become more skilled and confident communicators. She has helped entrepreneurs clarify and refine business ideas, and has written dozens of business and strategic plans for organizations in a wide variety of industries. 

As a commercial writer, Gayla’s work has appeared in publications such as Profiles of Diversity Journal, Nashville Lifestyles, Trade & Commerce Magazine and Who’s Who in Nashville, and can be found on websites and in print media of many businesses and organizations in the United States and Canada.  Her technical writing credits include franchise operations manuals, business start-up guides, employee handbooks and training programs.  As a communication strategist, Gayla has guided the efforts of political campaigns, benefits transitions, union avoidance campaigns and business initiatives of all kinds.

Before launching Praesentia, Inc. in 2001, Gayla spent nearly 15 years with RR Donnelley & Sons Company in a variety of leadership roles culminating as acting Vice-President of Human Resources.  Her career has been marked with many innovative and pioneering initiatives designed to maximize results by enhancing individual, team and organizational communication.  She has designed and facilitated strategic planning workshops for groups of all kinds, including non-profits, local government, civic groups and executive teams in the United States, the United Kingdom and China. 

While serving in corporate roles, Gayla created a project management process that improved project results through facilitated teambuilding, communication, and planning.  First employed in a $55 million retooling, expansion and relocation of a manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom, this program became the company-wide model of success.  Partnering closely with senior executive clients, Gayla designed communication, goal setting and teambuilding workshops for leadership teams in the United States, the United Kingdom and China.  She led human resources due diligence teams charged with evaluating acquisition targets in the United States and Latin America, and developed integration plans for an acquisition completed in 2000. 

In field management roles, Gayla deepened her expertise, working with clients to develop strategies to deal with difficult, complex business changes including shutdowns, organization redesigns, consolidations and expansions.  She created a union avoidance campaign communication strategy that thwarted a union organization attempt at a 1,800-employee manufacturing facility.

Gayla has served as Chairperson of the Huron County Personnel Association, Marketing Director for the Columbia-Montour Area Business and Education Partnership, and the Marketing Committee Chairperson for the National Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.  Gayla is a member of the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, the Hendersonville Chapter of the GFWC Women's Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She has been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1976.

Gayla holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.  Her continuing professional education includes MBA coursework at Ashland University, OD Practitioner Certification, Career Architect Facilitator Certification and Certified Project Management Coach.