PHT Services associate Nikita O. Walker has earned the Accredited Business Accountant designation.
Kyle Addy was promoted to vice president of sales management performance at Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. He will help oversee account and sales management for the company's 7,000-member independent contractor sales organization. Addy had worked in the sales department, where he organized national sales and training conferences and coordinated annual meetings.
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein won a Workplace Diversity Award in the small employer category from the S.C. Chamber of Commerce and the S.C. Diversity Council. The firm was cited for focusing on recruiting and retaining women and minority lawyers through special initiatives, including mentoring, annual roundtable discussions and a formal alternative work schedules policy. Parker Poe also created a director of professional development and diversity position to charge a lawyer with overseeing diversity initiatives.
Ted Speth and Kathy Dudley Helms of Ogletree Deakins were inducted as fellows into the Litigation Counsel of America.
Ralph W. Owens has joined Expense Reduction Analysts as a director for South Carolina and western North Carolina. Owens is part of a network of consultants specializing in helping companies reduce expenses.