At LCI, "We believe in ideas that create change. We craft compelling stories. And, we communicate." Named America's #1 small PR firm (Ragan's Ace Awards) and celebrating 30 years in business, Landis Communications Inc. (LCI) is a San Francisco public relations and integrated marketing communications agency. Founded in 1990, LCI is the recipient of numerous awards, including: #1 Healthcare PR firm (Ragan's Ace Awards); two IABC Gold Quill awards; the national PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence; PRSA San Francisco's small Agency of the Year for the San Francisco Bay Area and Campaign of the Year; Clutch's top list of digital and public relations agencies; the "Best in Biz" Gold award winner; a top media relations, reputation management and social media agency by TopPRAgencies.com; and a top media relations, reputation management and social media agency by O'Dwyer PR and Bulldog Reporter (Agility PR). Design Rush and Growth Marketing Pro also called LCI one of San Francisco's top agencies. Named one of San Francisco's top public relations firms by the San Francisco Business Times, we specialize in: public relations, social media, digital strategies, content marketing, crisis communications, media relations, media and presentation training, video production and more. LCI is the San Francisco member of Public Relations Global Network (www.prgn.com), with 50 agency affiliates worldwide. David Landis is a Past President of PRGN. Ask about our proprietary, trademarked Promised Results ROI metrics program. LCI has a broad spectrum of industry experience across such sectors as consumer technology, technology, healthcare, bio pharma, bio tech, consumer products, automotive, financial services, real estate, retail, the environment, nonprofits, lifestyle, home furnishings, hospitality and tourism and more. Clients include: Velodyne Lidar, Sutter Health, Walmart, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Centre for Neuro Skills, Altais, On Lok Senior Health Services, Orka Labs Hearing Aids, Raycop Vacuum Cleaners, Kimpton Hotels, Graton Economic Development Authority, Old Navy, Match.com, Whole Foods Market, Stanford Children's Hospital, UCSF, MetLife, California Bank & Trust, TrustE, eBates, Save the Redwoods League, San Francisco Symphony, Peninsula Open Space Trust, Handlery Hotels and more. LCI also is a corporate diversity supplier, a certified member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Golden Gate Business Association, the Public Relations Society of America and certified by the Better Business Bureau and as a local business enterprise (LBE) by the City of San Francisco. The San Francisco Business Times has named LCI to the list of top LGBT-owned businesses in San Francisco numerous times. David Landis is a member of the Forbes San Francisco Business Council and the San Francisco Business Times Leadership Trust. David Landis also is a published author who writes regularly for Forbes, the San Francisco Business Times and the San Francisco Bay Times. LCI looks forward to working with you and your team to help build your business. For further info, please visit us at: www.landispr.com, email us at: email@example.com or call us at: 415.561.0888.
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Name: Karen Ames
Description: Karen Ames has been a leader in the communications field for more than 25 years with experience encompassing the fields of public relations, strategic communications, community affairs, public affairs and government relations. She is the founder of KarenAmes.com, a boutique consulting firm specializing in strategic communications and public affairs. A communications leader in the Bay Area, Karen worked internally with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera for much of her career. In 2005, she was appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors as a representative on the Arts Task Force, representing organizations with budgets of more than $5,000,000. Nationally, Karen has lectured widely on topics related to the orchestra and opera field and published articles as a freelance writer. Her experience in communications is augmented by professional certification from New Ventures West as a Certified Integral Coach and she incorporates principles of life and professional coaching in her communications practice. Prior to founding KarenAmes.com, Karen served as Director of Communications and Public Affairs at San Francisco Opera, where she renewed a working partnership with David Gockley that began at Houston Grand Opera in the 1980s. Ames directed the publicity for the succession of David Gockley as San Francisco Opera’s new General Director in January 2006 and was instrumental in the implementation of the Company’s many new initiatives including its radio broadcasts, nationwide cinema-cast series, and its series of free community simulcasts such as Opera in the Ballpark. Previous to her post at San Francisco Opera, Ames worked for 16 years at the San Francisco Symphony ultimately leading the company’s communications and public affairs division. Hired initially at the Symphony by David Landis, Karen went on to lead the division and her working collaboration with David spans more than two decades. During her leadership at the Symphony, she spearheaded the communications efforts surrounding many projects, including the introduction of Michael Tilson Thomas as Music Director; the celebration of MTT’s 10th Season as Music Director; numerous European, Asian, and national orchestra tours; international recording projects; and the major launch of the San Francisco Symphony’s five year multi-media project “Keeping Score: MTT on Music”, among many others. Karen Ames graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. As part of that course work, she also completed final year university courses in Politics at the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, England. Her professional work in San Francisco also included an early career in rock and roll publicity and – in the early 1980’s – as manager for the all female punk-rock band, The Contractions.
Name: Donna Berry Glass
Description: Donna Berry Glass is a seasoned PR pro with 18 years of agency, corporate and consulting public relations experience. She has conducted numerous, successful brand-building and product awareness campaigns in the consumer sector – sporting goods, food and beverage, fashion/apparel, visual arts, restaurant, retail, hospitality, events, even a race car driving school. Donna has also worked in the business-to-business sector, handling PR for global telecom, mobile satellite and wireless communications companies. As a Senior Counselor at LCI, Donna is responsible for managing client accounts, developing integrated communications strategies and driving results for LCI’s clients. Prior to LCI, Donna operated her own public relations consulting business, InkSpot Public Relations, focused on strategy, media relations, events and social media for consumer & lifestyle businesses. During this time, she conducted campaigns for Wonderbra, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Dockers for Women, indiDenim, MAC Cosmetics, Jennifer Loomis Photography, eBay’s MicroPlace and San Francisco Fashion Week, among others. Donna’s previous agency experience includes GCI Group in San Francisco, where she headed technology and telecommunications accounts such as Globalstar L.P. and Globalstar USA, Vodafone Group plc. Telseon and Visa International. One highlight was leading the service launch of Globalstar USA, which included persuading legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong to speak at the CTIA wireless show in 2000 on the “new age of communications.” She also worked for Publicis Public Relations and Levenson Public Relations in Dallas, Texas, where she handled a variety of local and national consumer accounts ranging from Hard Rock Café to the Earthgrains Company. Donna’s corporate experience consists of creating and managing a public relations group for Sprint Business’ small business marketing division. As a result of their work, Donna and her team won the 1998 PRSA Bronze Anvil Award and the 1998 Texas Public Relations Silver Spur Award. Donna holds a Master of Journalism degree from University of North Texas and Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Tech University. As a native Texan who now calls San Francisco home, she enjoys golf, reading, hiking, traveling and enjoying all the Bay Area has to offer.
Name: David Cumpston
Description: David Cumpston brings more than 15 years of public relations experience to his role as director of client services for Landis Communications Inc. (LCI), where he is responsible for directing a number of high-profile clients in a variety of industries including: retail, healthcare, real estate, hospitality, food/beverage, consumer technology and financial services, among others. During his seven-year tenure with Allison+Partners, David managed day-to-day activities and played senior roles on a number of large and small consumer and consumer tech brands, including: Orbitz Worldwide; Best Western International; Kimpton Hotels; Joie de Vivre Hospitality; travel search engines Fly.com and Cheapflights.com; ARAMARK Parks & Destinations (for Mesa Verde National Park); BranchOut (a LinkedIn competitor); Pageonce (now Check.com, a Mint.com competitor); Mozilla; Pearl.com (formerly JustAnswer); Coveroo and Sustenex probiotics (creator of the first probiotic gummy bear). Prior to joining Allison+Partners, David worked for Manning Selvage & Lee, where he managed day-to-day responsibilities for travel search engine SideStep and conducted strategic media relations outreach for educational toy manufacturer LeapFrog Enterprises, videogame maker Midway Home Entertainment and Philips Electronics. At MS&L, David specialized in proactive media and analyst relations which included the development and execution of media tours, press events, quarterly PR planning meetings and a variety of client-related written materials. Previous to MS&L, David began his public relations career with Access Communications, where he played an instrumental role in the most successful consumer product launch of 1999, the Sega Dreamcast videogame console. These efforts earned him and his team international accolades from organizations including The Communicator, SABRE, PR Week, Gold Quill, Mercury and PRSA's Compass Awards. Other clients at Access included AutoTrader.com, Valpak.com and Horizon Organic. David began his professional career with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he was a specialist with The Luxury Collection, the company's elite division of upscale, unique accommodations. His group was responsible for anticipating and fulfilling a broad range of requests by some of the world's most discerning travelers. David graduated cum laude from Texas State University-San Marcos with a bachelor of arts in mass communication. An avid world traveler, David has visited more than 40 countries across five continents, and spends the rest of his free time keeping up with current events, experiencing new restaurants and enjoying the myriad of indoor and outdoor activities that the Bay Area has to offer.
Name: Sean Dowdall
Description: Sean Dowdall is a 28-year financial services marketing, sales and public relations executive specializing in the innovation, creation and successful delivery to market of strategic initiatives, ongoing capabilities and fully-integrated campaigns. He provides strategic counsel to LCI clients, oversees the marketing and digital practice areas and supervises financial management for the agency. The son of a banker, he started his banking career at his father’s local bank on the Flathead Indian Reservation in his hometown of Polson, Montana. Mr. Dowdall most recently was Chief Marketing Officer for Rabobank, N.A., the American retail bank affiliate of the Dutch financial services giant, the Rabobank Group. During his 4+ year tenure, the bank doubled in size through three acquisitions and double-digit organic growth of its deposit and business lending portfolios, it received the “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Retail Banking in California” from J.D. Power and Associates for three years in a row and became known as a leader in agriculture financing and community involvement. At Rabobank, he built and expanded the digital channel management, marketing, public relations and product development teams. He was a key spokesperson for the bank and developed a leading public relations capability focusing on the agriculture industry and hyper-local branding. Prior to Rabobank, Sean headed a variety of marketing, sales, public relations and digital/Internet functions at Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America covering consumer, wealth and small business segments. He has led successful public relations campaigns to launch the Loans.com brand and new products. Also, Sean led strategic media partnerships with Meredith Publishing, Sunset Magazine and Yahoo. He graduated from Santa Clara University (BS in Finance) and the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA). He also studied in Tokyo, Japan during his junior year of college. He served as President of the Board of ODC San Francisco for 5 years during 2 $10 million capital campaigns to expand the ODC campus supporting more than 200 dance classes every week and an active 200-seat performing arts theatre. Sean Dowdall is married to David Landis, CEO/President of LCI.
Name: Heidi Groshelle
Description: With over 32 years in public relations, Heidi Groshelle has offered strategic guidance and hands-on know to designing powerful communications strategies for technology startups and public companies in the U.S. and Europe. Heidi has a particular affinity for emerging, innovative, and disruptive technologies. She is an expert at launching and driving wide awareness of b-c technologies and first-of-a-kind product offerings. To her credit are the launch of the Firefly Mobile Phone - the first phone designed for children; the introduction of the first plasma flat-screen televisions in the U.S.; the international rollout of the Nio personal security device; the promotion of a consumer-facing SaaS video chat product and the launches of iOS games, virtual worlds, mobile devices, and enterprise software. Heidi has decades-long relationships with top tier analysts and reporters. She has positioned clients for success and generated coverage in main-stream-media outlets including ABC-TV, BusinessWeek, Engadget, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Mashable, Newsweek, New York Times, Patch.com, Time Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. Heidi also has deep relationships with analysts at all of the top research organizations such as Forrester Research, Gartner, IDC and NPD Research. Since 1995, Heidi has focused her career within the consumer electronics and high technology markets. She began her career publicizing arts and entertainment professionals in Los Angeles at California Institute of the Arts. Heidi moved into film and video promotion and production as an integral part of the marketing team for One Pass Film & Video, a leading San Francisco production company. Later Heidi co-founded and was executive VP of a San Francisco-based television commercial production company, G9 Productions, the producers of Emmy Award winning commercials, trailers, and product roll-outs. Heidi has a Bachelors Degree from University of California, Santa Barbara. Heidi has won a Bronze Bull Dog award, a PRSA Bronze Anvil award and numerous other awards for her work.
Name: Denise Hillman
Description: Denise Hillman has been a strategic marketing leader for Bay Area companies and agencies for over 20 years. She got her start in account management working on the Apple Computer and 3M accounts for Chiat/Day advertising. She went on to round out her career with a succession of marketing management positions on the client side including Fuller-O’Brien Paints, Gymboree, Imaginarium, Schwab and Wells Fargo. In her previous roles Denise managed the planning and development of strategy and creative execution for a wide range of initiatives including product pilots and launches, integrated promotional campaigns, B2B sales campaigns, store merchandising and direct marketing to consumers via online and traditional media. As a key member of LCI’s marketing division, Denise’s background and expertise is complemented by her collaborative nature and strong focus on client service and accountability. She earned her bachelor's degree in Advertising from the School of Journalism at San Jose State University.
Name: Gretchen Cavin Krueger
Description: Gretchen Cavin Krueger is a versatile public relations executive with more than 15 years of experience in a variety of industries including food, travel and leisure, non-profit, consumer, financial, healthcare and technology. She has extensive background in strategic development, media relations, writing and staff management. Ms. Krueger has a consistent track record for delivering on-time, measurable results, within budget, that achieve strategic goals. In 2012, Ms. Krueger rejoined Landis Communications Inc. as a Senior Counselor. From 2003-2006, Ms. Krueger was a Director/Senior Account Supervisor at Landis Communications Inc. While there, Gretchen was responsible for strategic planning and implementation for clients including NBC Universal, Kimpton Hotels, Whole Foods Market, California State Parks Foundation, Heald College, SF/SPCA, San Francisco Symphony, Handlery Union Square Hotel, California College of the Arts, American Craft Council and the San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design. Additionally, Gretchen has worked for such clients as Mortar, Golden Gate University and Sinful Bliss Cupcakes. Previously, Ms. Krueger was the corporate relations manager, media and public relations, for Galileo International, a global distribution system serving the travel industry, located in Chicago. At Galileo, Ms. Krueger was responsible for all media relations and external communications pertaining to financial performance, acquisitions and subsidiaries, sale of company, executives, products and services, and hot industry issues. Prior to Galileo, Gretchen provided consulting services to NextDoor Networks, a start-up technology company in San Francisco. Previously, she managed national consumer accounts at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide. Her clients included Starbucks, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, Charles Schwab, Wine.com and Roche Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Krueger's agency experience also includes three years with Kamer-Singer & Associates, where she was responsible for creating and managing strategic programs for consumer, real estate and non-profit clients such as Marriott hotels, the Claremont Resort & Spa, 24 Hour Fitness, Jewish Vocational Services, Oakland Museum of California and Myers Development Company. She began her career with Laurie Chase & Company, servicing companies such as Golf Holiday, KSAN Radio and the World Trade Club. Ms. Krueger has a master's degree in public relations from Golden Gate University and a bachelor's degree in international relations from George Washington University. As part of her master's degree studies, she spent three months working at Nairobi Hospice and the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. A Bay Area native, she lives with her family in Walnut Creek.
Name: David Landis
Description: David Landis is President/CEO of Landis Communications Inc., newly-named President of the international Public Relations Global Network and has also served as an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Golden Gate University. Named "one of the nation's top PR firms" by PR Week and PR Source Code, "one of the top social media agencies" by TopPRAgencies.com and named "one of the Bay Area's top PR firms" by the San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco-based Landis Communications Inc. (LCI) celebrates nearly 25 years in business. LCI also is the winner of a Bulldog Award for public education and social media. With 30+ years experience in public relations, social and digital media, brand management, positioning, marketing, analyst relations, media training, crisis communications, public affairs and community relations, David Landis has lent his expertise to a variety of national and Bay Area-based corporations. These include: retailers, consumer businesses and products, technology companies, green tech and bio tech, real estate ventures, healthcare companies, professional services providers, broadcasters, hospitality businesses, academic institutions, fashion businesses, cultural institutions, sports organizations, environmental organizations and non-profits. Among the prestigious clients Mr. Landis has counseled over the years are: Walmart, MetLife, Match.com, NBC Universal, Bravo, Gap, Old Navy, Sony, Levi Strauss & Co., Tiffany & Co., Xerox, AAA, AT&T, UCSF, DeVry University, California Society of Anesthesiologists, Cartridge World, Whole Foods Market, Cold Stone Creamery, Simon Pearce, Harry & David, Musician's Friend, Save the Redwoods League, PIER 39, The Mark Company, The Potrero, San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kimpton Hotels, Pottery Barn, the California Academy of Sciences, Planned Parenthood, SF SPCA, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, KPIX-TV (San Francisco), KCBS-TV (Los Angeles), Crestwood Behavioral Health, Sybase Tournament/San Jose, Examiner Bay to Breakers and more. In 2007, Mr. Landis joined the faculty of Golden Gate University, teaching public relations in an MBA degree program for marketing majors. A recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Landis is a published writer and has been a featured speaker at numerous industry conferences, as well as a guest lecturer at Stanford University, the University of California-Berkeley, University of San Francisco and Golden Gate University. Mr. Landis has a special expertise and passion for helping both arts organizations and nonprofits. Among his clients are: the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco Symphony, California State Parks Foundation, SF/SPCA, Project Open Hand, SFJAZZ, the Yosemite Fund, the American Craft Council, SFMOMA, the California College for the Arts (CCA), the Marin Community Foundation, the San Francisco Opera (re-opening of San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House), Asian Art Museum, American Conservatory Theater (re-opening of the Geary Theater), The League to Save Lake Tahoe, Union Square re-opening (San Francisco), Planned Parenthood, Senior Net (helping seniors learn computer skills), San Francisco General Hospital, Oakland Children's Hospital, East Bay Community Foundation, ODC/San Francisco, LINES Ballet, Bay Area Discovery Museum and more.
Name: Jon Ianziti
Description: Jon has been delivering sales-generating print, packaging and web solutions for clients for more than 20 years. Previously on staff with Broderbund Software and Bank of America, Jon has provided creative, impactful marketing and sales support in a number of industries, including commercial real estate, high-end home builders, software, high-tech, health care and finance. Well versed in digital, online and new technologies, he works with a select team to execute marketing initiatives in the online and traditional space. A strong problem-solver, Jon is known for his flexible nature and reliability to generate high-caliber creative output.
Name: Brianne Murphy Miller
Description: Brianne Murphy Miller has spent close to 25 years in communications and marketing. As Senior Consultant to LCI, she is responsible for strategic counsel to a myriad of LCI clients, as well as overseeing all sales, marketing and business development needs for the agency. Prior to her work with LCI, Ms. Miller was VP Communications for TeeBeeDee, an online social network for baby boomers. The launch of that company was covered by media internationally and lauded as one of the hottest new tech start-ups of the year. Previously, she ran her own consultancy, B. & Company, for ten years, serving clients in the lifestyle, media and tech industries. Ms. Miller also was Director of Public Relations for Kamer~Singer & Associates, a full service public relations and public affairs agency. There, she was responsible for the travel and hospitality division and new business. Her first foray into consumer technology was as Vice President of Marketing for Ifusion.com, which developed push technology software. She joined Ifusion.com after more than five years as Communications Director at Sunset Publishing Corporation. In that capacity, Ms. Miller was in charge of all public relations programs for the largest publishing company in the Western United States. She also helped launch their new media division, consumer expo programs and oversaw all trade show publicity efforts. Before migrating West, Ms. Miller worked in her native New York City for fashion designer Adrienne Vittadini and at GLAMOUR Magazine. She started her career at advertising agency Wells, Rich, Greene Inc., where she was part of the team that began the resurgent popularity of the Senior PGA Tour with client Liberty Mutual Insurance. Ms. Miller is a graduate of Fairfield University and holds a B.A. in English and Communications. She is a former board member of the San Francisco Public Relations Roundtable, has been guest lecturer at University of California Berkeley and is involved in numerous local charities.
Name: Douglas Myers
Description: As a Senior Director for Landis Communications Inc. (LCI), Douglas manages accounts and staffing for various clients, supporting LCI’s mission of designing communication initiatives that help an organization achieve financial, strategic and branding milestones. He also plays a key role in business development for LCI as the firm continues to expand through marketing communications and digital engagement with local, national and international companies. With nearly 20 years of communications, public relations and marketing experience, Douglas has worked with leading global organizations, crafting and implementing integrated, audience-specific PR programs that deliver results. Prior to joining LCI, Douglas ran his own consulting firm in Los Angeles, where he developed communication and branding initiatives for a number of financial and professional service institutions, including: Deloitte, LAN Airlines and Union Bank, among others. Leveraging traditional, social media and digital marketing techniques, Douglas continuously delivered measurable results for his clients. While in Los Angeles, Douglas also served as Communications Director for both LA Law Library and AIDS Walk. Douglas began his career in New York City working for two leading international public relations firms. The first was Dewe Rogerson (now Dewe Rogerson Citigate), followed soon after by Ogilvy Public Relations. During this period, he worked with high-profile international companies including Banco Santander, Deutsche Bank, Elan Pharmaceuticals and Telefonica, building and implementing multi-tiered media, investor and transaction-related programs. Following his agency work, Douglas served as Associate Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and then as External Communications Director for publicly-traded MONY Group (now part of AXA Equitable). While at PwC, he drove communication efforts for the financial services, IT consulting and e-business practices, strengthening the consulting firm’s association with enterprise-wide technology providers Oracle and SAP, raising the organization’s media profile and building platforms for PwC leadership. At MONY Group, he directed public relations, financial communications and marketing communication for this Fortune 500 company. During his time at MONY, he developed and launched the “MONY Matters” campaign, positioning MONY as a full-service financial services provider, resulting in over one million press impressions and reaching over 10,000 financial planners. Douglas holds an MBA from Fordham University with a concentration in marketing and management. Douglas’ undergraduate degree is from the University of Delaware, where he majored in Psychology, with a minor in English. Douglas is a dedicated sportsman, enjoying football, swimming, tennis and yoga, among other activities. He is also an aspiring painter, a film lover, and tries his best to volunteer. Through the Taproot Foundation, he is currently devoting his time and expertise to creating a branding strategy for a leading community development organization working to protect the interests of local residents.
Name: Darcy Provo
Description: Darcy Provo has been providing strategic communications and media relations counsel to the founders, CEOs and CMOs of start-up and fast-growth technology and Internet services companies since 1996 and has a total of more than 25 years in public relations and marketing communications. Darcy got her start in technology public relations as vice president and partner of San Francisco-based Antenna Group where for 12 years she led programs that not only put her clients on the map, but also helped shape the definition of Internet industry categories and phenomena including: SaaS and online meetings (WebEx); the personal homepage (Netvibes); User experience (Jakob Nielsen and Don Norman); Web 2.0 (Jigsaw, Lending Club); Web metrics (Alexa, acquired by Amazon); blogging (Technorati); search (AskJeeves); CRM (Kana); real estate (HomeStore, MyNewPlace); marketing automation (Eloqua, Genius); performance-based marketing (Commission Junction, acquired by ValueClick; AdECN, acquired by Microsoft). For these and many other companies, Darcy guided the messaging and positioning and managed public relations programs that emphasized media and analyst relations and resulted in positive coverage and the leadership voice for her clients in top-tier business, trade and consumer media, both online and traditional. Prior to getting into technology, Darcy spent 12 years working in broadcasting, first as a publicist for KPIX-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco and later as marketing director for the Bay Area’s top-rated radio station, KGO Newstalk 810. A near native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Darcy earned her bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University.
Name: Judith L. Rowcliffe
Description: Judy brings over 20 years of experience in marketing and public relations, for both agencies and corporations, and has provided communications counsel in a wide range of industries. She has created and implemented strategic communication programs to introduce new products and services, revive tired brands, increase awareness and credibility and launch entirely new categories. She is privileged to work with some of the world’s most prestigious brands, including Starbucks Coffee Company, Starbucks Ice Cream, Lindsay Olives, Gap, Wild Oats Markets, Cold Stone Creamery, Golden Gate University, The California Pistachio Commission, Wine.com, San Francisco State University, Self Magazine, Chevron, Microsoft Home Productivity products, Discovery Channel Stores, Netflix, Ebates.com, The SETI Institute, The Fish Markets Restaurants in Northern California, Wells Fargo Bank, Hoffman La Roche, San Jose Medical Group, California League of Food Processors and Mervyn's department stores among others. Judy’s tenure in the non-profit sector includes work with the Yosemite Fund, The League to Save Lake Tahoe and the Marin Community Foundation. She has also worked extensively in the wine and champagne sector, having created and implemented public relations programs for Seagram Chateau & Estate Wines Co. brands and conducting crisis management planning for Simi Wines. For six years, Judy served as regional director of public relations at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Based in San Francisco, she supervised programs in nine hotels and developed public relations and marketing initiatives to support the opening of five Ritz-Carlton hotels. She also conducted several crisis management programs. Judy has won two Golden Bell Awards from the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association for her work on behalf of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. As a manager, Judy has supervised budgets up to $3 million and a staff of 20 professionals, nationally and internationally. She has managed multiple crises, developed new business, created public relations departments, led award-winning teams and taught media and public relations seminars. Judy’s experience also includes work for Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency, California Coolers, The Christian Brothers, The Fairmont Hotels, Ugly Duckling Rent-A-Car, 24 Hour Fitness, Pier 39, British Airways, Honda Power Products, The New Zealand Government Tourism Office and The Azure Seas (the first three- and four-day cruise line), among others. Judy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California State University at Fullerton, CA and earned a Secondary Teaching Credential from California State Polytechnic in Pomona, CA.
Name: Nancy Saslow
Description: Nancy Saslow is a multiple Peabody and national Emmy award-winning Executive Producer, Digital Strategist, Content Marketer, Show Producer, Director and Writer. She brings to the table a depth of experience in a multitude of diverse genres; broadcast and branding to live corporate presentations, from documentaries to docu-series to lifestyle formats; digital and content creation leveraged across multiple platforms; crime to sports to music and special events, and practically everything in between. Starting her career in news, documentary, and event programming, Nancy was involved in developing stories and characters in small towns and big cities around the country, and around the world. These included prison riots to peach festivals to political conventions: real people and real storytelling. Nancy expanded her scope to projects across all genres with her own production company, Saslow Productions. Clients included NBC, The World AIDS Conference, Global Forum on the Environment, Westinghouse Broadcasting, Paramount, The San Francisco Symphony, Levi Strauss and Co., GM/Atlanta Olympics, The Pepsi Center, NASA Space Center Houston, Epcot Center, and the Rolling Stones. She eventually partnered with Carolyn Carmines to create PushyBroad, a production and design company that specializes in interactive, broadband, and cross-platform media. PushyBroad’s clients have included TBS Superstation, Discovery, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, AMC TV, TechTV, Cablevision, Showtime, and PBS. Nancy and Carolyn then formed MEg TV (Mishpookah Entertainment Group), a television, video and digital production company. Saslow has served as Executive Producer and/or Producer/Director on all projects, as well as heading up the development of series, documentaries and specials. In addition to broadcast, MEg TV has worked on a range of high-end live and taped presentation-oriented events; projects for Wal-Mart, Chrysler, Discovery Communications, Bette Midler’s “The Showgirl Must Go On” in Las Vegas, and SFJAZZ, among many others. Ms. Saslow and Mr. Landis have known and worked together since 1987, when they both worked at KPIX TV, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco. They have partnered with numerous clients, including: the San Francisco Symphony, Old Navy, Egreetings and SFJAZZ.
Name: Eric L. Steckel
Description: Eric’s varied experiences in television production, digital media production and marketing communications have uniquely coalesced in his role as digital media strategist. He provides strategic counsel to LCI clients in the area of digital media and video production. For the past 11 years, Eric has been partner at BARS+TONE, a Digital Media Agency focusing exclusively on Advertising, Marketing and PR Communications. BARS+TONE's capabilities went beyond video production, digital media and application development. They included creative development and idea generation; full service video, 2D and 3D motion graphics and animation; digital media and application development; social media strategy consultation; video seeding and promotion and online media buys. BARS+TONE collaborated strategically with agencies such as LCI to provide engaging tactics that integrated with the existing communications plan. In the Spring of 2010, Eric ascended to the position of Vice President and General Manager. Eric began his career in broadcast journalism in Washington, DC working for N24 TV, a German 24-hour news channel. He honed his skills in the fast-paced environment of TV news researching, producing and editing feature and short-length news segments for N24 TV. In January of 2000 Eric earned his Masters of Communication degree in Film and Video Production from the American University. Eric has been very active in the San Francisco business community. In November 2009, Eric was appointed to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where he also served as the co-chairman of the Chamber's Small Business Advisory Council from 2009-2012. Eric sits on the board of the San Francisco Public Relations Round Table as the 2013 vice chair. Eric is a graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA where he earned a BA degree in Political Science. An east coast native, Eric moved to the Bay Area in 2002.
Name: Jessica Teas
Description: Jessica Teas brings more than a decade of online, content development and digital strategy experience to Landis Communications Inc. (LCI), where she is responsible for creative and innovative online communications that tell each client’s individual story in a compelling way that delivers the targeted business results. Ms. Teas has extensive experience in branding, front-end digital design, graphic design, creative direction, digital marketing strategy and implementation, social media and e-commerce. Online content experience includes Sears, Beiersdorf, DailyCandy, HealthyOut (mobile app). Her marketing and promotion experience has helped such diverse clients as Sophyto skincare, HealthyOut and the Yale University Art Gallery. Her cultural and nonprofit experience includes working for the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the Yale University Art Gallery. As a former journalist, Ms. Teas brings a news reporter’s eye to the creation of relevant online content. Her experience on the other side of the desk includes being the author of a well-respected blog as well as having been a reporter both for DailyCandy and Modern Luxury (the publishers of San Francisco Magazine).
Name: LCI's Capabilities
Description: Products and Services
Section Name: Strategic Counsel
Name: Brand positioning
Name: Competitive analysis
Name: LCI's "Magnetic Messages" - Key message development
Name: Strategic communications planning
Name: Corporate communication services
Name: Thought Leadership
Name: Crisis communications
Name: PR program development
Name: LCI's "PRomised Results": Program ROI Research
Name: Landis Communications Inc.
Section Name: Media Relations
Name: International, national and regional public and media relations
Name: Editorial calendars
Name: Press kits (Online, hard copy and EPK's)
Name: Social / Digital Media & Content Marketing
Name: Online press room development
Name: Extensive media contacts in all sectors
Name: Influencer tours
Name: Media tours
Name: Media training
Name: Online/traditional media
Name: Proactive media placement
Name: Video/Audio news releases
Section Name: Special Events
Name: Analyst tours
Name: Media tours
Name: Event planning
Name: FAM (press) trips
Name: Media promotions
Name: Media training
Name: Press conferences
Name: Product launches
Name: Trade shows
Section Name: Other
Name: By-lined articles
Name: Community relations
Name: Development of collateral materials/brochures
Name: Development of online news centers
Name: Social/Digital media:
Name: Internal communications
Name: Key messaging
Name: Marketing/advertising services
Name: Product placement
Name: Public affairs
Name: Speakers bureau
Name: Writing: releases, collateral materials, speeches, presentations
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