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Outside Magazine names Nerland Agency as one of America’s Best Places to Work in 2012

ANCHORAGE – Nerland Agency today was named to Outside Magazine’s fifth annual “Best Places to Work” list. Nerland Agency was ranked No. 28 out of 100 selected companies. Profiles of the top-10-performing small, medium and large companies will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands Aug. 14. The full list of 100 will beavailable Aug. 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 UnitedStates. 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 outstandingcompanies. 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 so pleased to be recognized for our everyday commitment to creating an outstanding workplace where our employee owners thrive personally and professionally for the benefit of our clients,” said Karen King, agency president and CEO. “What an exciting affirmation for our people — and the agency — that Nerland Agency has been ranked among the best of the best.”

“We’re thrilled to celebrate all 100 of these forward-thinking companies,” said 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.”

About Nerland Agency Nerland Agency is an employee-owned Alaska advertising agency with nearly four decades’ experience developing and executing successful communications campaigns. The agency offers a differentiated blend of integrated marketing capabilities including brand strategy, graphic design, strategic planning, digital platforms and other advertising services such as media planning and market research. Core team members hail from all over the country – having come together with brave spirit to live their wildest dreams in Alaska. At Nerland they have found a place where they have a great career in advertising – but also do on a weekend what most people hope to have the opportunity to experience in a lifetime.

About Outside Magazine 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 at www.outsideonline.com and on Facebook www.facebook.com/outsidemagazine.

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 workplaceassessment, 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 healthy and diverse specialty retail and supplychain 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.

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