RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., April 4, 2014 – Hill, Chesson & Woody (HCW), a health and welfare benefits brokerage and consulting firm that designs, manages and implements employee benefit programs, has announced that the firm has been named one of the 2014 Best Employers in North Carolina by Business North Carolina, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – N.C. State Council and Best Companies Group. This is the second consecutive year HCW has won this prestigious award and the first year the firm has finished No. 1 in the small business group.

The annual award, based on a two-part assessment of applicant organizations and their employees, recognizes North Carolina companies that provide the most outstanding benefits and exhibit the highest employee satisfaction rate. HCW is among 30 other companies that won this award for its dedication to improving employees’ quality of life through various programs and benefits, including flexible work schedules, chair massages, gym reimbursements, and monthly fruit and salad bars provided by the firm’s wellness committee. Company events held away from the office, such as whitewater rafting and Durham Bulls baseball games, support the company’s values of maintaining a fun and flexible workplace.

Companies from across the state entered the survey process dedicated to finding and recognizing North Carolina’s best employers, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. After careful evaluation of each company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, demographics and employee experience, the winners are chosen. For more information, visit

“It is an honor to be named one of the best employers in North Carolina for the second year in a row,” said Todd Yates, managing partner at Hill, Chesson & Woody. “We are dedicated to keeping our employees engaged and acknowledged, and it’s truly rewarding to be recognized for that. We will continue to grow and strive to provide a positive working environment for our employees.”