Tucson, AZ April 6, 2010: TriSports.com today was named to Outside magazine's (www.outsideonline.com) third annual "Best Places to Work" list. The full list and related story will be published in the May issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands April 13, 2010.
Outside's "Best Places to Work" list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association (outdoorindustry.org) and Best Companies Group (bestcompaniesgroup.com). The year-long 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 the United States. Participating companies were then sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. All of the results were analyzed by Best Companies Group experts, who selected the 50 companies that strive to enhance their employees' enjoyment of active endeavors, and environmental and social involvement.
"We are thrilled to be selected as a "Best Place to Work" for the second year in a row," says company founder Seton Claggett. "This recognition means a lot to us because it reinforces that our efforts to provide our employees with a quality work environment are successful, and their happiness when they come to work is what makes us the company we are today." Susan Meeker, HR Manager, commented "We really strive to provide a comprehensive benefits package, which of course includes the usual medical, dental, 401K, profit-sharing, etc; but also incorporates some more unique benefits that we felt were important to our culture - a bike demo program, massage, race reimbursement - these are things that really set us apart to our employees."
"These 50 companies come from a vast array of industries but they're all following the same enlightened path," said Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside. "They're successful businesses in a challenging economy precisely because they support a proper work-life balance. They know that benefits like on-site gyms and fitness classes, reimbursements for ski passes and sports racing fees, and support for community service efforts during work hours make their employees happier and thus more productive."
Early on, Seton and Debbie Claggett decided that they wanted TriSports.com to be more than just another place to buy gear. They began by sponsoring clubs, teams and races, then moved on to sponsoring individual athletes. Over the past 3 years, TriSports.com has given back over $650,000 to the multisport community in an effort to help grow the sport. TriSports.com sponsors clubs, teams and races all over the world, and has a team of 80 athletes wearing the colors and spreading the word about the company. These athletes are not chosen by athletic prowess alone; many are average athletes who simply love the sport and are very involved, a requirement of sponsorship. They all must volunteer at races and a lot of them are involved in coaching other athletes, working with children to get them involved in the sport or putting on events. TriSports.com recently added some well-recognized pros to their crew of sponsored athletes - World Champions Andy Potts and Leanda Cave - as well as UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.
Most important to TriSports.com is the culture that has been created over the years. The vast majority of employees commute to work on their bicycles, so a commuter program was developed to assist with the gear needed for their bikes by issuing store credit for every mile ridden to and from work. Another great part of the culture is the Fun Squad. The idea behind this was that people need to have fun at work to really be happy, so the Fun Squad plans and executes activities meant simply to be fun! From HORSE basketball competitions to water balloon tosses to game nights, it gives the employees a chance to unwind and have fun together. So much more encompasses the culture, including the company-wide commitment to the environment by reducing energy usage, reusing paper and packing materials (over 96% of in-bound packing material and 70% of in-bound boxes are re-used in the company's Green Box program), collecting and donating old shoes to Soles for Souls, collecting old bike parts for Resource Revival, and many other recycling efforts.
TriSports.com is an industry leader in triathlon, swim, bike and run retail, located in Tucson, AZ. TriSports.com is more than just a retail presence, however; the company is also very involved with growing the sport through partnerships with races, clubs, teams and other endeavors like spearheading the effort to declare Tucson as the "Winter Training Capital" for cycling and endurance sports. TriSports.com has been recognized by Wells Fargo with their Copper Cactus Award for Business Growth (October 2005), by Comerica Bank as one of Arizona's "50 Companies to Watch" (October 2008), by BizAZ as a "Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35" (June 2008), and as one of Outside Magazine's "Best Places to Work" (May 2009). Learn more about TriSports.com online at www.trisports.com/info.html.
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