David Cumpston brings more than 20 years of public relations experience to his role as Senior Director at 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 nonprofit and financial services, among others. Among the brands he’s represented: Walmart, Native Trails, Graton Resort & Casino, Handlery Hotels (San Francisco and San Diego), Tripping.com, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Sutter Health / CPMC, On Lok senior health services, PRC and IIDA (Commercial Interior Design Association).
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; Fly.com (Travelzoo) and Cheapflights.com; ARAMARK Parks & Destinations (for Mesa Verde National Park); BranchOut (a LinkedIn competitor); Pageonce (now part of Mint.com); Mozilla; JustAnswer); Coveroo and Sustenex probiotics (creator of the first probiotic gummy bear).
Prior to joining Allison+Partners, David worked for Manning Selvage & Lee (MS&L), where he managed day-to-day responsibilities for travel search engine Sidestep.com (now KAYAK) and conducted strategic media relations outreach for Philips Electronics, educational toy manufacturer LeapFrog Enterprises and videogame maker Midway Home Entertainment. 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.
David’s public relations career started 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 six continents, and spends the rest of his free time keeping up with current events, eating his way through San Francisco and spending quality time with his husband and their doggie daughter, Dora.