Since she joined LDPR in 2000, Leslie has worked alongside Laura Davidson to expand the agency’s client roster, develop its talented staff, and guide the company forward with new strategies in a fast-paced and highly competitive industry. Throughout her notable career, Leslie has represented clients in all segments of the travel and hospitality industry — from tourism boards to city hotels and island resorts, from cruise lines to airlines and tour operators — she brings a personal and professional passion to each opportunity. Always on top of customer research and emerging trends, Leslie guides her teams to consider external and internal elements that will impact a client’s business.
Prior to LDPR, Leslie was a senior vice president at Porter Novelli in New York, where she ran the company’s Travel Group with clients ranging from Princess Cruises and Southwest Airlines to the Bermuda Department of Tourism. Leslie is also deeply involved in the travel PR world outside of the agency. She is a member of SATW (Society of American Travel Writers), PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) Travel and Tourism Section and its Counselors Academy, and HSMAI (Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International). As an expert in her field she is called upon to moderate panels, judge industry awards and speak at conferences.
When she’s not living the good life in Brooklyn, Leslie and her husband are avid travelers always looking forward to the next adventure.
Why travel PR?
“I truly believe that if you are to live a fulfilling life, you must find your passion and follow it wherever it leads. For me, that passion is travel in all its many wonderful variations: being on a safari in Africa, kayaking in New Zealand or touring the Great Wall in China. Travel PR chose me.”
“Laura and I put our employees first and really invest in training and development for all levels. This assures that our team then dedicates themselves to providing the best work for our clients. We have a unique culture that guides our decision making and I’m incredibly lucky to be part of it.”