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Bersin & Associates Named to Inc. Magazine's Annual Exclusive List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies-the Inc. 500|5000

Bersin & Associates Ranks Among Fastest-growing Companies in the San Francisco Metro Area, with Three-Year Compound Annual Revenue Growth Rate of More Than 93%

NEW YORK, August 21, 2012 - Inc. magazine today named Bersin & Associates to its sixth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The Inc. list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy.America.s independent entrepreneurs. Bersin & Associates joins Yelp, yogurt maker Chobani, Giftcards.com, KIND and cloud-based software maker Marketo, among other prominent brands featured on this year's list.

"Our appointment to the Inc. list for a second consecutive year reflects the value we bring our members as we deliver proven people strategies that leaders and their organizations need to achieve exceptional business results," aid Josh Bersin, chief executive officer and president, Bersin & Associates. Our growth confirms the strength of our business model and our ability to identify, prioritize and implement the best practices that drive results for our members amidst continuing economic uncertainty.

Oakland, CA-based Bersin & Associates also appeared on the list of fastest-growing companies in the San Francisco Metro area and on the list of Top Human Resources Companies. Bersin & Associates. ranking was achieved through the continued growth of its research membership and consulting businesses, which contributed to an annual revenue growth rate of more than 93 percent for the past three years.

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2011 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 97 percent. The companies on this year.s list report having created 400,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $299 billion.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000/2012/top-lists.html.

"Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500|5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward," said Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg. "Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is."

For media queries, email laura.evenson@bersin.com or call (510) 251-4406.

About Bersin & Associates

Bersin & Associates is an award-winning provider of proven people strategies that leaders and their organizations need to deliver exceptional business performance. Our WhatWorks® research membership gives Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 HR professionals the research-based information and tools they need to drive bottom-line impact for their organizations.

Members use our insights and tools to design and implement best practice solutions, benchmark against others, and select and implement systems. A piece of Bersin & Associates research is downloaded every minute during the business day. More than 5,000 organizations worldwide use our research and consulting to guide their HR, talent and learning strategies.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 500I5000

Methodology

The 2012 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 to 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2008. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent.not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies.as of December 31, 2011. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2008 is $100,000; the minimum for 2011 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000.

About Inc.

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only 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 information, visit www.inc.com.

About the Inc. 500|5000 Conference 

 Each year, Inc. and Inc.com celebrate the remarkable achievements of today.s entrepreneurial superstars.the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 500I5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony brings together members of the Inc. community, both a new class of Inc. 500|5000 honorees and the list.s alumni, for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. Please join us October 3.5, 2011, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information about the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony and to register, visit www.inc500conference.comor call 866-901-3205.