David Landis is President/CEO of Landis Communications Inc., past 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. In addition, Mr. Landis has media trained and provided presentation training for major executives from UCSF, NBC Entertainment, Gap, Pottery Barn, Old Navy, Walmart, MetLife, City CarShare, the California Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Symphony, Asian Art Museum, Kimpton Hotels, California State Parks Foundation, and more. Prior to launching Landis Communications Inc., Mr. Landis served for four years as Public and Community Relations Director for KPIX-TV, the CBS TV affiliate in San Francisco. While there, he helped create, coordinate, publicize, and promote several national Emmy award-winning public relations and public service campaigns including: AIDS Lifeline – the nation’s first comprehensive AIDS education television campaign; and For Kids’ Sake – a campaign aimed at addressing children’s issues. His work on AIDS Lifeline also helped earn the station a prestigious Peabody Award for community service. Mr. Landis served as Public Relations Director for the San Francisco Symphony from 1980-1987 (promoting the opening of San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall); Public Relations Director for the St. Louis Symphony (promoting that orchestra’s 100th anniversary); Public Relations Director for Chicago’s Academy Festival Theatre and Assistant Public Relations Director for Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. In addition, he worked with Zonka & Zonka, a Chicago-based public relations agency specializing in entertainment and retail publicity. Mr. Landis is a published writer whose work has appeared in The Holmes Report, The Californian, St. Louis, Symphony, and Encore magazines, among others. Mr. Landis is very active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Project Open Hand, which serves meals with love to seniors and the critically ill in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also serves as a member of the marketing committee of the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet. Mr. Landis also serves as an advisory Board member for ODC/San Francisco (San Francisco’s modern dance company, school and performing arts center) and the Coral Reef Alliance. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for San Francisco’s Ethnic Dance Festival and the March of Dimes’ Bay Area Chapter and has also served as founder of Chanticleer’s Corporate Council. A passionate philanthropist and volunteer, Mr. Landis supports numerous causes. He currently serves on the Board of San Francisco’s Project Open Hand, which serves meals to seniors and the critically ill. He also supports ODC/San Francisco; the San Francisco Ballet; the San Francisco Symphony; the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation; Oakland’s Stepping Stones, a program which helps prepare people with disabilities for the job market; the California Academy of Sciences; Habitat for Humanity; his alma mater, Northwestern University; the Sierra Club; Bay Area Cabaret; the March of Dimes; ZATA, the Zimbabwe AIDS Treatment Assistance program (which supports Zimbabwean artists and people living with HIV in Zimbabwe); Sierra Watch (Tahoe region); the San Francisco Giants Community Fund for after school sports; the NAACP; UCSF’s 360 Positive Resource Center; San Francisco School Volunteers; the Brady Center for Handgun Control; Planned Parenthood; San Francisco State University’s “Step to College” program, which provides financial assistance to help needy students attend college; the Art & Music Center of San Francisco’s New Main Library; and the San Francisco SPCA. Mr. Landis graduated with a degree in music from Northwestern University and has been a resident of San Francisco since 1980. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, hiking, theatre, music, and dance as well as taking in the culinary delights of San Francisco’s vibrant restaurant scene. His husband, Sean Dowdall, is General Manager and Chief Marketing Officer at LCI. The couple are amateur art collectors with a collection that includes works by Thiebaud, Chihuly, Miro, Calder, Galen Rowell, Thomas Waddell, and numerous California artists. They reside in Pacific Heights (San Francisco) and Tahoe with their two dogs, Gaston and Alphonse. Mr. Landis’ greatest celebrity meeting? The one and only Stephen Sondheim. Click here to link to David Landis’ Wikipedia page.
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