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Outside magazine names Leisure Trends Group one of America’s Best Places to Work

For Immediate Release

Lee Hart, Brand Amp, 303.898.4141; lee@BrandAmp.com

Boulder, CO — Aug 3, 2012

Leisure Trends Group was named to Outside Magazine’s fifth annual “Best Places to Work” list. Leisure Trends was ranked 42nd out of 100 selected companies. 

“Our entire staff is excited and proud to be acknowledged with this award,” said Charlie Cooper, president of Leisure Trends Group. “We are committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages our people to thrive and grow. I think the fact that so many of our people have been with us for upwards of a decade is the best testimony to the workplace and environment we all enjoy at Leisure Trends.” 

Profiles of the top-ten-performing small, medium, and large companies will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands Aug. 14. The full list of 100 is available at outsideonline.com.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate all 100 of these forward-thinking companies,” says Michael Roberts, Senior Executive Editor of Outside. “They believe success depends on helping their employees live more active and fulfilling lives. The kinds of benefits they’re providing—free fitness classes, flexible hours, subsidized healthy meals, lots of time out of the office—result in a more productive and engaged staff.”

Outside’s “Best Places to Work” project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in an office in the United States. Participating companies were sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. The experts at the Best Companies Group then analyzed the results and selected the companies that best enable employees to pursue active lifestyles while also supporting their social and environmental contributions.

In past years, Outside has highlighted 50 outstanding companies. This year, Best Companies Group determined that there were so many top-quality applicants that the list needed to be expanded. Outside editors agreed, and doubled the size of the list.

CONTACTS: 

LEISURE TRENDS GROUP: Charlie Cooper, President, ccooper@leisuretrends.com, 303.786.7900 x115

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE:  Jada Williams/ Jada@giantnoise.com / 646.649.4933

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About Leisure Trends Group –Founded in 1989, LTG is the leading provider of consumer research, retail market intelligence (retail sales tracking) and integrated CRM/Direct Marketing services for the sports, recreation, hospitality, travel and entertainment industries. Suppliers, retailers, associations, resorts and financial analysts rely on Leisure Trends Group for actionable consumer insights, accurate retail sales data that includes margins and inventory, and innovative targeted marketing solutions. Leisure Trends Group is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. For more information, contact Julia Day, 303.786.7900 x107/ info@leisuretrends.com or visit www.leisuretrends.com .

About Outside – Outside is America¹s leading active lifestyle brand. For more than 30 years, Outside has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The Outside family includes Outside magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, and Outside Books. Visit us online and on Facebook.

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION – Founded in 1989, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. Outdoor Industry Association seeks to ensure a healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service. To this end, OIA works diligently to raise the standards of the industry; increase participation in outdoor recreation to strengthen business markets; provide support services to improve member profitability; represent member interests in the legislative/regulatory process; promote professional training and education; support innovation; and offer cost-saving member benefits. Search for outdoor-industry jobs is at OIA’s career center:outdoorindustry.org.

ABOUT THE BEST COMPANIES GROUP – Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, and regional basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.