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Team Members

Meet:

Leslie Cohen

Executive Vice President & Owner

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!

Are you ready for a more rewarding partnership?

While many PR firms are mere vendors, LDPR is your strategic advisor. We will work with you to create a specialized, integrated approach to your PR needs. There’s a reason our clients stay with us year after year. If you're ready to take your PR game to the next level, reach out to us.

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LDPR has secured 150+ industry awards & accolades
“Most Powerful Travel & Hospitality
PR Firms of 2018”
“Best Travel PR Companies”
Lifetime Achievement Award
for
Founder Laura Davidson
Best in Show

Client Testimonials

LDPR has been an exceptional partner for Briggs & Riley, significantly contributing to our brand's success in growing as global retail company. They are creative and proactive, and we've seen tremendous PR and social media results from their team. I highly recommend working with LDPR.
Celia Rao Visconti
,
Vice President Global Marketing & Ecommerce
Briggs & Riley
The team has been a total game-changer for the hotel. Through my many years of working with NYC agencies, I can say LDPR is by far the most professional, enjoyable, and results-driven team I’ve worked with.
Joseph Poteet
,
Marketing Manager
The Redbury New York
When Travel Portland started working with Laura Davidson Public Relations it was like finding a key that unlocked the door to a world of media opportunities. LDPR works like an extension of our internal public relations team – building on our strengths and reinforcing our weaknesses. They know media. They know travel. They know our story and how to tell it to generate results. It has been a wonderful partnership which allowed us to push our domestic media program to new heights.
Marcus Hibdon
,
Director of Public Relations and Communications
Travel Portland, Oregon
Every time they deliver we raise the bar, and every time we raise the bar they manage to deliver. I cannot recommend them highly enough to any luxury hotel looking for world-class public relations representation.
Daniel Hostettler
,
President and Group Managing Director
Ocean House, Rhode Island

Client Testimonials

Travel Portland, Oregon
When Travel Portland started working with Laura Davidson Public Relations it was like finding a key that unlocked the door to a world of media opportunities. LDPR works like an extension of our internal public relations team – building on our strengths and reinforcing our weaknesses. They know media. They know travel. They know our story and how to tell it to generate results. It has been a wonderful partnership which allowed us to push our domestic media program to new heights.
Marcus Hibdon
Director of Public Relations and Communications
Ocean House, Rhode Island
Every time they deliver we raise the bar, and every time we raise the bar they manage to deliver. I cannot recommend them highly enough to any luxury hotel looking for world-class public relations representation.
Daniel Hostettler
President and Group Managing Director
Curtain Bluff Resort, Antigua
LDPR has contributed greatly to my resort's success and high occupancy rates, and helped us rank in the top 10 resorts in the Caribbean in both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. Their creative marketing strategies go far beyond the boundaries of pure PR, and they have been a valuable extension of my management team for over a decade.
Rob Sherman
Managing Director
The Resort at Paws Up, Montana
The bottom line is LDPR is responsive, proactive, competitive, strategic and most importantly, they are nice genuine people. We wouldn't trade LDPR for any other PR firm in the world!
Larry Lipson
Owner