Outside Magazine Kicks Off Nationwide Search For Best Places to Work

Partners with the outdoor industry association and the best companies group to find the ultimate work environment

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Santa Fe, NM (July 23, 2007)Outside, America’s leading active-lifestyle magazine, announced today that it will partner with the Outdoor Industry Association and the Best Companies Group to determine Outside‘s Best Places to Work. The winning companies will be announced in the May 2008 issue of Outside magazine, on newsstands April 15.

Outside‘s Best Places to Work program recognizes employers that strive to enhance their employees’ work/life balance, enjoyment of active endeavors, and environmental and social involvement. The nationwide search will kick off July 23 and will accept nominations from U.S. companies with a minimum of 15 employees; nominations must be received by October 12. Learn more about the program and nominate your company at

“We are thrilled to team up with the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group as we begin our search for the Best Places to Work,” said Outside Editor in Chief Christopher Keyes. “We are searching not only for the companies that have great benefits and salaries but also companies that support the active lifestyle and have created cultures where people love to come to work. Our readers work hard and play hard, and in our opinion, a great company provides employees with the full package. If a company provides time for its employees to travel and works to support a healthy active lifestyle, we want to hear from you!”

“The Best Places to Work program highlights the fact that smart, career-savvy Americans place a high value on living in a place and working for an employer that puts outdoor recreation at the top of workplace benefits,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the Outdoor Industry Association. Companies realize, for example, that locating to a place with proximity to quality outdoor recreation heightens their ability to attract and retain a talented, competitive workforce.”

“Our mission is to identify and recognize great places to work,” says Peter B. Burke, President of Best Companies Group. “This program with Outside magazine and OIA will have a profound impact on the companies who receive the recognition. Creating company cultures where people love to come to work, combined with incorporating active-lifestyle policies and environmental awareness, will make Outside‘s Best Places to Work a unique and prestigious recognition. We are very excited about this initiative.”


Outside is America’s number-one active-lifestyle magazine, with more than two million readers a month. For 30 years, we’ve been dedicated to covering travel, sports, adventure, health and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. Along with many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine to receive three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Please visit us at


Outdoor Industry Association® (OIA) is a national trade association whose mission is to ensure the growth and success of the outdoor industry. A wide spectrum of leading manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers of outdoor recreation equipment and services, as well as other related business entities, make up OIA’s membership. OIA programs include representation in government/legislative affairs, cutting-edge market research, member cost-saving benefits, and outreach initiatives to grow participation in outdoor activities and promote healthier lifestyles. Educational events hosted by the OIA include the annual Outdoor Industry Rendezvous, Outdoor University, and the Capitol Summit in Washington, D.C. Outdoor Industry Association is the exclusive endorser of the Outdoor Retailer trade show. For more information go to or call 303.444.3353.


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, state-wide, 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.

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