RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Oct. 31, 2013 – Hill, Chesson & Woody (HCW), a health and welfare benefits brokerage and consulting firm that designs, manages and implements employee benefit programs, has hired Tom Vertich as a principal, health & welfare consultant. In his new role, Vertich is responsible for developing benefit strategies for clients and leading the benefits team in the Triad market. Vertich boasts 18 years of experience in brokerage, consulting and human resources corporate benefits.

Prior to joining HCW, Vertich served two years as a health & welfare benefits consultant at LabCorp, a national medical laboratory testing and medical service company. Previously, he worked as a benefits consultant on national employer accounts with Edify, LLC of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and as a group health agent at Vertich Insurance Agency of Fort Myers, Fla. Vertich graduated from Florida State University with Bachelors of Science degrees in both finance and economics. A native of Winner, S.D., he resides in Winston-Salem, N.C. with his wife, Nicolle, and they are expecting a daughter in January.

“We are excited to have Tom join our team as a principal, health and welfare consultant,” said Todd Yates, HCW managing partner. “Tom’s skills and experience will play an important role as we at HCW expand our services and expertise within the Triad community.”