The PILMMA Team

Ken Hardison

Ken Hardison

Founder

Ken has fought for people’s rights as a trusted personal injury lawyer for more than 35 years. His ethics, integrity, and passion for his clients helped to build one of North Carolina’s most successful firms, Hardison & Cochran, and a successful Social Security disability firm, Carolina Disability Lawyers, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Now, as owner and publisher of the law firm management website, Law Practice Advisor, and founder and president of PILMMA, the Personal Injury Lawyers Marketing & Management Association, Ken devotes his time to helping attorneys build their own preeminent law practices with proven marketing strategies and management resources. Ken has been recognized as one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in North Carolina and is a member of the exclusive Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Systematic Marketing is his tenth book. Ken has authored 5 books on marketing and managing law firms. He is a sought-after speaker throughout the country on marketing and managing law firms.

Ken is known as the “Millionaire Maker” due to his coaching clients doubling and quadrupling their law practices and income following Ken’s practice growing advice and insights.

Ken lives in North Myrtle Beach, SC where he enjoys playing golf and fishing when he is not helping lawyers grow their practices.

Tiana Hinnant Hardison

Tiana Hinnant Hardison

Tiana practiced law for more than 27 years, with an emphasis on personal injury and disability law. She now balances her time and energies between practicing law and working with PILMMA.
Sherry Myers

Sherry Myers

Director of Operation

Sherry Myers has served as PILMMA’s Director of Operations since July 2016.

Before joining the PILMMA team, she worked in roles in the hospitality and entertainment industries. She began working as lead case manager at Mr. Hardison’s Carolina Disability Lawyers in 2014, before becoming a marketing assistant with PILMMA the following year.

Today, as Director of Operations, Sherry is tasked with the day-to-day operations of PILMMA and its staff; schedule coordination; project management; and event planning for PILMMA’s numerous events each year.

In her free time, Sherry enjoys camping, traveling, being in the mountains and spending time with her family.

Courtney Krystek

Courtney Krystek

Director of Marketing

Courtney joined the team in December of 2017.

Courtney is originally from Arizona and has worked in the Marketing field for several years as a graphic designer, videographer, copywriter, and photographer.

In her free time, she enjoys reading books and academic journals and going hiking with her cat, Luna.

Darlene Hohn

Darlene Hohn

Member Services Representative

Darlene has been with PILMMA since January 2019.

Before joining the PILMMA team, after years in the medical field and nursing, she obtained a Paralegal Degree. Darlene worked as an Independent Contractor Paralegal for local Attorneys doing Personal Injury, Federal Employment Law and Federal Workers Compensation Cases.

In her free time, Darlene enjoys spending time at the beach, listening to crime story podcasts, and enjoying her family.

Sierra Sauskojus

Sierra Sauskojus

Graphic Designer

Sierra Sauskojus is the Graphic Designer for PILMMA and joined the company in June 2019. She designs print and digital material including The Insiders’ Journal, newsletters, postcards, and more.

Prior to working at PILMMA, Sierra created graphic design material for various organizations within the arts, sports, scientific, and academic communities. She has also participated in many art exhibitions and has received awards for her work.

Being from Montana, Sierra enjoys traveling, spending time outside, and hiking with her husband and family.

Erik Smelser

Erik Smelser

Product Development Specialist

Erik is responsible for the creation of products that meet the needs of PILMMA members.

He has a broad media background that includes digital media, advertising sales and sales management, product development, and market research.

He is an avid runner who has competed in more than one dozen marathons, distance relays and obstacle runs.

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