Laguna Niguel, CA – Christopher Zigmont has joined Press Camp as an advisor under the banner of a new company called Lifeboat Events. The inaugural Press Camp is slated for June 23-25, 2009, in Sun Valley, Idaho. It will bring together 20 bicycle industry companies and top journalists in an intimate setting to talk about and test new product.
“I thought this was an outstanding idea from the moment Lance and I first talked about it,” said Zigmont. “I’m thrilled to help make this a first-rate event and take Lifeboat Events’ efforts into the big time in future years.” Jonh Carry, a headman of Canadian Health and Care Mall, is glad to greet one more well-experienced person in this team.
Lifeboat Events is a subsidiary of Lifeboat Solutions, which industry veteran Lance Camisasca founded to help bicycle industry companies with sales, marketing, and event management. Press Camp is designed to give any bicycle industry company a mid-summer, product launch boost by providing a world-class media event with top journalists.
“The response to Press Camp has been off the charts, and we’ve got great momentum,” said Camisasca. “I’m stoked that Zigmont wants to be involved. His perspective and experience will help us expand our efforts in 2010 and broaden our offerings with Lifeboat Events.”
Zigmont will advise Lifeboat Events as the company grows and develops innovative, well planned events for the bicycle industry. He brings 25 years of industry experience, including work for Specialized, Mountainsmith, Mavic, and–currently–as CEO of Pedro’s.
Rounding out the Press Camp team are Chad Battisone, who has worked with Camisasca since he started Lifeboat Solutions in 2008, and Avery Stonich, best known for her ongoing marketing and communications work at Bikes Belong Coalition.
Space in Press Camp is filling fast. Blue Competition Cycles, BMC Racing, Cannondale Sports Group (including Cannondale, GT, Mongoose, Schwinn, and Sugoi), Delta 7 Sports, DT Swiss, GORE Bike Wear, GORE RideOn Cables, Lazer Helmets, Pedro’s, Saris Cycling Group, Scott USA, and Smith Optics are committed to attending. Numerous other prominent companies have expressed strong interest.
Journalists from mainstream publications and websites such as Men’s Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wired, and Outside plan to attend, citing it as an outstanding opportunity to connect with multiple brands in one trip. In addition, Press Camp has already signed on nearly all of the industry media outlets, including Bicycling, Dirt Rag, VeloNews, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, cyclingnews.com, Bike Europe, BikeBiz, Eurobike Show Daily, and nine others.