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Arizona Outback Adventures Named One of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2014

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Scottsdale, AZ – Arizona Outback Adventures has been selected as one of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2014. Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States that help their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious, and prioritize giving back to the community. Read the entire list of winners appears online.

Over the last twenty years, AOA has become known as the premier outdoor travel and bike rental company in the American Southwest. Whether on a multi-day guided trip or in the simple interaction of a single-day bike rental, staff and guides make the extra effort to share their own enthusiasm for the outdoors and ensure AOA’s travelers will have an authentic and unforgettable adventure experience. This enthusiasm is nurtured by the company’s policies around life-work balance including flexible work schedules, free rock gym and yoga studio membership, usage of high-end company gear, a dog-friendly workplace, and access to dozens of industry pro-deals. AOA’s emphasis on a healthy workplace keeps guides and staff happy and healthy and plays a decided role in making AOA’s guided trips and bike rentals the best in the industry.

To find the best places to work in the United States, OUTSIDE conducted a rigorous eight-month vetting process in partnership with the Best Companies Group to assess the policies, practices, and demographics of hundreds of companies, and went straight to the employees to hear about factors like corporate culture, role satisfaction, work environment and overall employee engagement. The Best Places to Work list represents the cream of the crop: companies who cultivate a comfortable and collaborative workplace, enable their employees to enjoy the great outdoors and take pride in their roles in the community and the environment.

“If you’re considering a career change or searching for your dream job, OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work list is the first place to look,” said OUTSIDE Executive Editor Michael Roberts. “These companies set the standard for workplaces that really value their employees and offer an experience that’s fulfilling inside and outside the office.”

Chief financial officer for AOA, Rick Hill says “This is a dream job for me. First, after wearing a suit and tie for 30 years, I get to come to work in shorts every day, every day is a ‘bring your dog to work’ day, and I am surrounded by enthusiastic young people who love the outdoors, truly enjoy working with our guests and are committed to caring for the wilderness. Second, and most importantly, I work for a company in which everybody is dedicated to working together to provide the best experience possible for our guests.”

AOA founder and president Seth Heald has built a unique brand of adventure travel by bringing a focused professionalism to the outdoor industry. Each tour and rental with AOA puts an emphasis on the complete adventure experience with all-inclusive pricing, engaging customer service, and authentic interactions with the natural environment of the American Southwest. AOA’s guides are experienced, professional and wilderness first-aid and safety certified. Each guide brings years of experience and deep enthusiasm for the outdoors to the guided tours he or she leads. They cheekily live by the motto, “Of all the paths you choose in life, make sure some of them are dirt.” AOA is currently accepting applications for outdoor guide positions.

The complete list of Best Places to Work winners is featured online at

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