FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2012
Contact: Winona Bateman
Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association today was named to Outside Magazine's fifth annual "Best Places to Work" list. Adventure Cycling was ranked No. 89 out of 100 selected companies. Profiles of the top-ten-performing small, medium, and large companies will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands August 14, 2012. The full list of 100 will be available August 2 at outsideonline.com.
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.
"It's great to be back on this important list," said Jim Sayer, executive director of Adventure Cycling Association. "We have worked really hard with staff to create an improved combination of work environment, benefits and pay, and inspiring mission. It's a combo that has helped us build one of the most talented teams in the bike and outdoor industries."
"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."
Adventure Cycling Association inspires and empowers people to travel by bicycle. As North America's largest nonprofit member-supported cycling organization with 45,000 members, Adventure Cycling creates state-of-the-art bicycle routes and maps, leads unique bike tours and educational courses, publishes the award-winning Adventure Cyclist magazine, and works to improve conditions for bike travel. Offering over 40,000 miles of mapped cycling routes in the Adventure Cycling Route Network as well as extensive online and print resources, Adventure Cycling provides the resources that cyclists need to plan their own bike-travel adventures. Visit www.adventurecycling.org to learn more.
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Adventure Cycling Association inspires and empowers people to travel by bicycle. As North America's largest nonprofit member-supported cycling organization with 45,000 members, Adventure Cycling enriches lives and connects communities by creating state-of-the-art bicycle routes and maps, leading unique bike tours and educational courses, publishing the award-winning Adventure Cyclist magazine, and working to improve conditions for bike travel. Offering 41,399 meticulously mapped miles in the Adventure Cycling Route Network as well as extensive online and print resources, Adventure Cycling provides the resources that cyclists need to plan their own bike-travel adventures. Contact Adventure Cycling's headquarters at (800) 755-BIKE (2453), firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.AdventureCycling.org.
Outside is America's 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 BEST COMPANIES GROUP
Best Companies Group (BCG) 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.
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: www.outdoorindustry.org.