Solstice Chief Operating Officer Carlos Ferrera Receives AHA Heart Award

The American Heart Association (AHA) has awarded Solstice's Chief Operating Officer, Carlos Ferrera, with this year's Heart Award.

The organization has recognized his dedication to the Heart Walk through his commitment as a three-year Executive Leadership Committee member, corporate sponsor, corporate walk team and Platinum Fit Friendly Company. Ferrera has single handedly raised over $34,000 as an Executive Challenge Member over the past four years.

“I’m beyond honored to receive this year’s AHA Heart Award. My commitment to the AHA’s efforts is steadfast, on behalf of my beautiful sister whom we lost three years ago from a heart attack,” said Ferrera. “I participate as a way to honor her memory and to give back to others.”

According to the AHA’s 2015 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update:

  • Nearly 787,000 people in the U.S. died from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases in 2011. That’s about one of every three deaths in America.
  • About 2,150 Americans die each day from these diseases, one every 40 seconds.
  • Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
  • About 85.6 million Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke.

“Those are some scary numbers,” Ferrera continued. “We hope that by raising funds and awareness, we can start to bring those numbers down by encouraging people to live healthier and more active lives.”

About the American Heart Association:

The American Heart Association is devoted to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit

About Solstice:

Solstice is a privately held Florida corporation based in Plantation, Fla. Solstice administers and markets dental, vision, pharmaceutical, life and short- and long-term disability benefits plans. Solstice and its subsidiaries also offer Third Party Administration (TPA) services in the Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia markets—and are in the process of expanding nationwide. It has been named one of “Florida’s Best Companies to Work For” and has made Inc. magazine’s “America’s Fastest Growing Companies” list for three years in a row. Solstice has also developed the Solstice Marketplace, a private health care exchange. Created specifically with insurance brokers in mind, the Solstice Marketplace provides brokers with a one stop shop to offer personalized service to their customers.

For information on Solstice and the Solstice Marketplace, contact 1.877.760.2247 or visit and