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August 04, 2011 17:29 ET

Fuse Named One of Outside Magazine's 2011 Best Places to Work in America

Burlington, VT-Based Youth Marketing Agency Ranked #26 Best Place to Work in the U.S.

BURLINGTON, VT--(Marketwire - Aug 4, 2011) - Fuse, LLC, a marketing agency that helps brands target teens and young adults, today was named to Outside magazine's fourth annual "Best Places to Work" list. Fuse was ranked number 26 out of 50 selected companies. The full list and related story will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands August 16, 2011.

Outside's "Best Places to Work" issue 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 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.

Fuse fosters a creative environment that encourages people to share insights and inspiration, for continuous learning, and encourages employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance through various perks and policies. Full-time employees receive a ski/snowboard pass to a Vermont resort of their choice and an annual fitness reimbursement that covers fitness, recreational and wellness products/services. Staff are encouraged to use flex time, including half-day Fridays in the summer and comp days for weekend work, and are able to bring dogs to the office. In addition, Fuse provides periodic employee gifts that help recognize individuals for their dedication and contributions to the agency.

"It is gratifying for Fuse to be named to one of the Best Places to Work by Outside, as we strive to provide a fun, hard-working atmosphere and encourage our employees to take time to be active outdoors, socially and on a community level," said Bill Carter, Partner at Fuse. "This recognition is especially exciting for our team here. We have a great group working together and I am thankful for all of their hard work."

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.

"These 50 companies are successful precisely because they support a proper work-life balance," says Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside. "Happy workers that feel part of an active community are guaranteed to be more engaged and productive. And the companies on our list are offering amazing benefits: organic cafeterias, on-site fitness classes, reimbursements for gym memberships and ski passes, opportunities for on-the-clock community service, and much more."

About Fuse
Fuse is a youth culture marketing agency founded in 1995, and based in Burlington, VT and New York, NY. The agency connects brands with teens and young adults through sports, music, fashion, video gaming and other relevant cultural interests. Fuse's services include brand strategy, public relations, event marketing, design, social media and digital services. The Fuse staff, led by Partners Brett Smith, Bill Carter and Issa Sawabini, is comprised of marketing professionals and cultural experts who have worked for some of the most prominent brands and agencies in the country. For more info, visit: FuseMarketing.com

About Outside Magazine
Outside is America's leading active lifestyle magazine, with over two million readers a month. For more than 30 years, the magazine has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world outside. Along with receiving many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Visit the magazine online at www.outsideonline.com.

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 at OIA's career center: www.outdoorindustry.org.

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