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LTG Announces Leadership Change

Cooper New President at LTG

Spring Becomes Chairman

Boulder, CO (June 17, 2011) —Leisure Trends Group, LLC (LTG) announces that Charlie Cooper, formerly vice president and general manager of LTG, is president of the business intelligence, retail tracking, consumer insight and customer management company. Effective June 15th , Cooper replaces Jim Spring, founder of LTG and its president for the last 22 years. Spring will become Chairman and will head up the board of directors which will oversee the company.

Cooper joined LTG in 2009. Since joining the company he has been responsible for LTG’s successful entry into the bicycle and running shoe markets and spearheaded other business development opportunities. Prior to joining LTG, Cooper was COO of a technology startup in Denver, Colorado, co-owner of a sport specialty apparel company and held senior marketing and production positions at interactive entertainment leader Electronic Arts. Cooper’s sales and marketing career started in NASCAR and Collegiate Licensing in 1992.

“Charlie has proven to be a terrific leader of our exceptional team of nearly 50 professionals that it takes to deliver information about the global and U.S. sports and lifestyle markets. His mandate remains that customer satisfaction is goal number one,” Spring said.

Spring started SMART, Inc. in 1970 when he pioneered the use of universal vendor coding to facilitate management information systems at retail and to provide industry-wide data on sales and inventory levels. In 1986 he sold SMART to NPD and in 1989 started LTG with Bill Danner. In 2010 LTG grew 20% in sales and is on track for a second consecutive 20% growth year.

About Leisure Trends Group – LTG is the leading provider for active sports and lifestyle consumer research, retail market intelligence (retail sales tracking) and integrated CRM/Direct Marketing services. Suppliers, retailers, associations, resorts and companies in the sports, recreation, hospitality, travel and entertainment industries rely on LTG. Leisure Trends Group is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. For more information, contact Julia Day ( or 303-786-7900 x107 or visit ).