Outside Magazine Names GroundFloor Media as America's Best Place to Work

Denver-based agency No. 1 on the 2013 list of 100 best companies

DENVER, Aug. 1, 2013 – GroundFloor Media (GFM), a Denver-based marketing communications agency focusing on strategic communications, digital & social media strategy and crisis communication & reputation management, today was named by Outside magazine as the Best Place to Work in 2013. GFM ranked No. 1 out of 100 selected companies on the sixth annual list. The full list of the top-10-performing small, medium and large companies is available online at OutsideOnline.com/bestplacestowork.

Outside's “Best Places to Work” program 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 nonprofit 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.

“We are immensely proud of this recognition and are honored to be named as Outside's best place to work,” said GFM Founder Laura Love. “Establishing and maintaining a culture that inspires and enables our team members to work hard and play harder has always been a cornerstone of our company.”

“Our team members are all extremely committed to producing outstanding work for our clients, but also to enjoying their families, friends and hobbies to the fullest. Great team members make GFM one of the best places to work every day,” added GFM President Ramonna Robinson.

“We're proud to publicize the efforts of these 100 companies,” said Outside Editor Christopher Keyes. “They each show a real commitment to creating active, healthy work environments and put a premium on innovative benefits. Year after year, Outside's Best Places to Work program demonstrates that America's most successful companies are the ones that consistently promote true work-life balance for their employees.”

GFM is one of 24 Colorado-based companies to make the 2013 list, and credits its recognition to the fact it offers team members the anti-agency experience – where human interests come before financial gain and where flexibility and a work-life blend breed creativity and excellence. GFM has also been named a top place to work the past seven consecutive years by the Denver Business Journal, in addition to being named the Best Boutique Agency to Work For by The Holmes Report.

About GroundFloor Media

Staffed entirely by seasoned industry pros, GroundFloor Media is an award-winning, integrated agency focusing on strategic communications, digital & social media strategy, and crisis communication & reputation management. Headquartered in Denver, GFM has more than 35 team members across the country. Additionally, the agency has global reach across six continents through its membership in the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN). Ambitious brands like Oskar Blues Brewery, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Children's Hospital Colorado, BNSF Railway, LiveWell Colorado, Bellco, 34 Degrees and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver have collaborated with GFM during the past decade to deliver results-driven campaigns. For more information about the agency and its award-winning work, visit groundfloormedia.com or get to know the agency on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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

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.