Local Benefits Consulting Firm Increases Headcount By Two

DURHAM, N.C., September 23, 2016 – Hill, Chesson & Woody (HCW), an independent benefits consulting firm, has announced the hiring of Nick Ernst as a Business Development Associate and Sirena Hardy as a HR Technology Implementation Specialist. In his role, Ernst identifies and develops relationships with potential clients. He supports and works with HCW’s marketing and sales teams to implement business development initiatives, as well as contribute to the growth of HCW by engaging with prospective clients in a multitude of ways, whether it be by phone, email or in-person.

Ernst comes to HCW after serving most recently as a Client Advisor for BMW in Chapel Hill, N.C. Prior to that, he worked as a freight broker, managing large accounts for Total Quality Logistics in Raleigh, N.C.

Ernst graduated from East Carolina University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. He resides in Raleigh, N.C.

In her role, Hardy is responsible for managing new HR technology implementations for clients and prospective clients. In addition, Hardy will assist clients with ACA reporting requirements.

Hardy comes to HCW after spending four years as a Technology Support Specialist for the NC Department of Public Instruction where she helped implement a new Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to school districts across the state.  She has 15 years of information systems, technical support, and implementation experience.

Hardy graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems. She also received her Master of Science from North Carolina Central University in Information Science. She resides in Clayton, N.C.

“Given the reputation, I knew Hill, Chesson & Woody was the ideal company to join,” said Ernst. “I believe my background in sales will make me a perfect fit for this role!”

“I thrive on the ever-changing world of information technology and the various ways technology has advanced our society,” said Hardy. “I enjoy helping others understand how to use technology to meet their needs. When this position opened up at HCW, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for.”