Outside Magazine Names ZOZI as one of America's Best Places to Work For Second Year in a Row

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ZOZI, most trusted brand in adventure and experience, honored with Clif Bar, Patagonia, TREK

For the second year in a row, ZOZI, the most trusted brand in adventure and experience, was named in Outside Magazine’s fifth annual “Best Places to Work” issue. The full list will be published in the September issue of Outside Magazine, available on newsstands August 14, 2012.

ZOZI allows anyone to discover and book local adventures around the corner, travel getaways around the world, and even celebrity guided excursions with ZOZI Gurus™. ZOZI hand-picks thousands of experiences ranging from midnight kayaking and wine tasting by bike, to white water rafting and even celebrity experiences – such as skiing the Sierra backcountry with Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley or learning to surf with ESPY and Billabong XXL surfing champion, Maya Gabeira.

“It’s truly a great honor be to named alongside iconic brands such as Clif Bar, Patagonia, and TREK for the second year in a row,” said TJ Sassani, CEO, ZOZI. “We believe building a category defining brand and company starts with our people. ZOZI provides authentic and amazing experiences to our customers everyday, and it’s equally as important to us that our team members live the brand and ZOZI lifestyle as well. Core to our culture is customer experience, giving back to communities in which we operate, and ensuring that our team takes time to live vibrant, balanced and healthy lives.

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 nationwide outreach effort that identified both 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.

“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.”

CONTACTS:

ZOZI: Tian Lee/ tian.lee(at)zozi(dot)com / 323.605.9160

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE: Jada Williams/ Jada(at)giantnoise(dot)com / 646.649.4933

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About ZOZI
ZOZI is the most trusted brand in adventure and experience. On zozi.com, you can discover and book unforgettable experiences that are around the corner, or around the world. Each experience featured on the site is curated by a team of in-house experts; such as full-moon kayaking, wine tasting and vineyard touring by bike, surfing and relaxing in a private coastal villa, skiing the Sierra backcountry with Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley, and more. ZOZI is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://www.zozi.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 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.

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:http://www.outdoorindustry.org.

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