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 HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & 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.
Favorite LDPR Memories: One of my best LDPR memories is riding on elephants with Laura in Thailand and holding on tight! I hadn’t realized how huge these animals are until we were very high up.
Next on the Travel Bucket List: I’m always adding to my travel bucket list -- next is Spain and Morocco-- I can’t wait to explore the history, culture, food and local experiences.
Where can you find me on the weekend: My weekends are a combination of enjoying my neighborhood and checking out a new exhibit at a museum or going to the theater -- and of course I walk just about everywhere to keep discovering amazing NYC!
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