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Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), a national retail cooperative providing quality outdoor gear and clothing, today announced the appointment of JosÃ© Ignacio Lozano to a one-year term to the company’s board of directors.
As an REI member since 1994, Lozano resides in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys backpacking, skiing, mountain biking, surfing and sailing. He currently serves as the vice chairman and founding executive vice president of impreMedia, LLC, the leading publisher of Spanish language print and online news media in the country. He is also a private investor who is active in lending his business expertise to a variety of start-up companies.
Prior to his instrumental role in the development of impreMedia, Lozano spent 30 years with his family-owned La OpiniÃ³n newspaper in various positions, including 18 years as CEO and publisher. Today, as an 80-year old company La OpiniÃ³n is the largest Spanish language daily newspaper in the country, boasting a readership of 540,000. La OpiniÃ³n is part of the impreMedia group, which owns or operates 33 titles in the country. He was also an owner of Trestles, Inc., the North American licensee of Rip Curl International, complementing his personal interests in water sports.
In addition to his business leadership and passion for the outdoors, Lozano has an extensive knowledge of community building, especially among Hispanic communities. He currently serves on the board of trustees of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and The Skadden Fellowship Foundation, which supports lawyers who work in the public interest by offering legal services to the poor and working poor, elderly, homeless, disabled and others. Other previous leadership positions include the boards of councilors of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Public Policy, and as a director of PBS, the Public Broadcasting System, KCET-TV in Los Angeles, Community Television for Southern California, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Constitutional Rights Foundation, the National Law Center for Inter-America Free Trade and the Corporate Advisory Board of the Latin Business Association.
REI is a national outdoor retail cooperative dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI operates retail stores nationwide, two online stores â€“ www.rei.com and www.REI-OUTLET.com â€“ and an adventure travel company, REI Adventures. REI offers products from all of the top brands for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling, snow sports and travel, including its own line of award-winning outdoor gear and apparel. While anyone may join or shop at REI, members pay a one-time $20 fee and receive a share in the company’s profits through an annual member refund based on their purchases. As an active supporter of the communities in which it does business, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through education, volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.