Inc. Magazine Introduces Hire Power Awards Honoring America's 100 Top Job Creators

  Inc. Magazine Introduces Hire Power Awards Honoring America's 100 Top Job

Solstice Benefits, Inc. ranks #6 in Insurance job creation over the past three

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2012

NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Plantation, FL-based Solstice Benefits,
Inc. (Solstice) featured in the inaugural ranking of Inc.'s Hire Power Awards,
recognizing the private businesses that have generated the most jobs in the
past three years.

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Solstice generated 49 jobs from 2008 to 2011, placing it among the 10 private
business job creators within the Insurance Industry, showing a three-year
employee growth of 181 percent. 

"When many companies are downsizing in this economy, it is very exciting to
see that Solstice continues to grow. Solstice has a very unique family-like
corporate culture and we have welcomed many bright and talented individuals to
our organization and into the Solstice family," said Carlos Ferrera, COO at
Solstice. "The greatest honor for us was learning that the Hire Power award,
as INC described, paid tribute to 'the real heroes of the American economy.'
Solstice is grateful to receive this significant distinction."

Inc. is the only major business media brand aimed solely at CEOs of
fast-growing private companies. The Hire Power Awards will appear in Inc.'s
December/January issue, as well as the brand's web site,

"The top 100 companies on the list have created 73,032 American jobs in the
three-year period from 2008 to 2011 – an amazing feat, given that much of that
job growth came during the heart of the recession," explains Inc.
editor-in-chief Eric Schurenberg. "And it isn't just the big guys that are
adding jobs. Companies with less than $50 million in annual revenue make up
nearly one-third of the Hire Power list."

The inaugural Inc. Hire Power Awards are sponsored by Bank of America Merrill
Lynch, which is proud to recognize American companies that have greatly
increased their workforces. Inc.'s Hire Power Awards celebrates private
companies on the forefront of American job creation, giving these businesses
the recognition they deserve.

About Inc.

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major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private
companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative
company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown
significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more
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About Solstice:

Solstice is a privately held Florida corporation based in Plantation, FL.
Solstice administers and markets dental, vision, pharmaceutical, life, and
short- and long-term disability benefits plans. Solstice and its affiliates
also offer life insurance benefits in Florida, and Third Party Administration
(TPA) services in the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia,
Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, Maryland, and Ohio markets—and are in the
process of expanding nationwide. It was named one of "Florida's Best Companies
to Work For 2012" by Florida Trend and ranked No. 15 in the Insurance Industry
on Inc. magazine's 2012 "America's Fastest Growing Companies" list. For
information on Solstice, contact 1.877.760.2247.

About Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is one of the world's largest financial
institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market
businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing,
asset management and other financial and risk management products and
services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States,
serving approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships
with approximately 5,700 retail banking offices and approximately 17,250 ATMs
and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users. Bank of America
Merrill Lynch is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is
a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad
range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and
individuals around the world. Bank of America Merrill Lynch offers
industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners
through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. For
more information, visit:

"BankofAmericaMerrillLynch" is the marketing name for the global banking
and global markets businesses of BankofAmerica Corporation. Lending,
derivatives, and other commercial banking activities are performed globally by
banking affiliates of BankofAmericaCorporation, including
BankofAmerica,N.A., member FDIC. Securities, strategic advisory, and other
investment banking activities are performed globally by investment banking
affiliates of BankofAmerica Corporation ("Investment Banking
Affiliates"),including, in the United States,
MerrillLynch,Pierce,Fenner&Smith Incorporated and MerrillLynch
Professional Clearing Corp., all of which are registered broker‑dealers and
members of FINRA and SIPC, and, in other jurisdictions, by locally registered
entities. Investment products offered by Investment Banking Affiliates: Are
Not FDIC Insured * May Lose Value * Are Not Bank Guaranteed.

CONTACT: Alissa Gavrilescu, +1-954-370-4338,

SOURCE Solstice Benefits, Inc.

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