Meet the Tech-savvy Sawyer Solutions Employees

An IT Dream Team

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Benji Sawyer
Young Whippersnapper

Born and raised in Alabama, Benji cofounded Sawyer Solutions and is the company’s CEO. He created Sawyer Solutions in 2011 with his father, Ken, to develop a structural software package — but in 2013, the company began providing the reliable and state-of-the-art managed IT services that have turned Sawyer Solutions into one of the most successful and fastest-growing small businesses in Birmingham. 

Benji has been programming since the late 1990s and worked at PiRod Inc. — now Valmont Industries — ServiceMaster Clean and Brother International in Memphis before moving back to Alabama to run Sawyer Solutions. Benji graduated from The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science and has a bachelor’s from the University of Alabama and a master’s in engineering technology from the University of Memphis. 

When he’s not helping Sawyer Solutions’ clients grow their business, Benji volunteers in the youth program of the Alabaster Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoys skiing, jogging and gaming. 

Benji’s greatest joy, however, is his family. He and his brilliant, loving and talented wife, Rebekah, are the proud parents of six children. 

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Ken Sawyer
Chief Elder

Ken’s entrepreneurial experience dates to when he and his wife, Liz, started the first of six businesses in 1973, and he has used that experience to help Sawyer Solutions thrive. Under Ken’s leadership, Sawyer Solutions was named Small Business of the Year by the Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce in 2018 and 2021 and one of the 30-fastest growing companies in Birmingham in 2018.

Ken graduated from Samford University and constructed the first TV production facility at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama, where he also received a Master’s in education. Ken also earned a Master’s in engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and several certifications including Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Away from the office, Ken is active in the Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce and has served various leadership roles with the Boy Scouts of America. His service and dedication to the Boy Scouts earned him the organization’s Silver Beaver Award. Ken also sings in the choir at his church, where he serves on various committees, and loves spending time with his nine grandchildren and two Shetland sheepdogs.

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Liz Sawyer

Helping run a family business is a way of life for Liz — her parents ran their own company out of the home where she was born and raised. Consequently, the mother to our CEO/Young Whippersnapper and wife to our Chief Elder enjoys keeping the books and making sure things run smooth for Sawyer Solutions.

Liz graduated from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama with a bachelor’s and teaching certificate in physical education and a minor in biology before she decided to apply everything she learned to business.

When not at work, Liz is involved with her church, where she serves as the financial secretary, sings in the choir, and works with the safety and security and video production/broadcast teams. Liz is also the volunteer bookkeeper for the local American Legion and works with P.E.O Sisterhood, an international organization focused on providing educational opportunities for women.

Liz also gets much joy from playing and camping with her nine grandchildren and the Sawyer family dogs.

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Ryan Ivey
Technical Answer Finder No.1

Born in Florida but raised in Enterprise, Alabama, Ryan is happy to be working in technology again — and even happier to be doing so at Sawyer Solutions.

Ryan’s first job in technology came at Home Depot, where he served as a help desk technician. After earning an associate degree in information systems, Ryan joined the United States Air Force and spent time working in Alaska, California, Germany and Iraq.

Prior to joining Sawyer Solutions, Ryan left the Air Force and worked at Publix.

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Tyler Carroll
Technical Answer Finder No.2

A native of Maryland, Tyler hooked up with Sawyer Solutions when he moved to Locust Fork, Alabama, to be closer to family.

Prior to joining the Sawyer Solutions family, Tyler served as a systems analyst for the General Motors plant in Baltimore and worked in digital marketing for a dealership chain in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Tyler is a graduate of Maryland’s Carroll County Career and Tech Center, where he studied computer networking and systems security, and has an associate degree in information systems security from ITT Technical Institute.

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Curtis Richey
Technical Answer Finder No.3

Born and raised in Birmingham, Curtis began developing video games while still in high school.

Curtis comes to Sawyer Solutions from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, where he worked as a desktop support technician and serviced computers, cameras, AV, exhibits and surveillance equipment.

Curtis has an associate degree and short certificate in computer science from Lawson State Community College in Birmingham. Before transferring to Lawson, Curtis attended Oakwood University in Huntsville, where he studied computer information systems and worked in the university’s IT department.

In his free time, Curtis enjoys hiking, fishing, studying new technical concepts and playing and creating video games with his friends. Curtis also spends as much time as he can with family.

Jan Merz
General Office Task Doer

Jan is our marketing assistant and document creator and came to Sawyer Solutions after working in problem management for a large telecommunications company.

Jan graduated with honors from the University of South Alabama with a bachelor’s in computer science.

Away from the office, Jan designs earrings and creates Zentangle patterns. She also enjoys reading and teaching her cat to fetch.

Denise Grissom
Master Sales Executive

Though she grew up in Kentucky, Denise has been in Birmingham most of her life and brings more than a decade of experience in the computer industry to Sawyer Solutions.

Denise attended Jefferson State Community College in Alabama before earning a bachelor’s in business administration from Faulkner University in Huntsville.

Denise is an avid fan of the University of Kentucky Wildcats — though she’s more than willing to make friends with fans of Auburn and Alabama — and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, Bailee and Madison, and her Boston Terrier, Baxter.

Johnny Carcioppolo
Chaos Conductor

A native of New Orleans, Johnny brings more than 30 years of leadership and experience in corporate training programs, banking, IT and software implementation to Sawyer Solutions. He has also owned his own business coaching and training company for five years.

When Johnny isn’t working, he enjoys participating in anything involving heights. That includes riding the tallest rollercoaster at an amusement park, skydiving or doing the 829-foot SkyJump off the STRAT Hotel in Las Vegas. He also enjoys traveling and taking cruises.

Johnny and his wife of 36 years, Debbie, are the proud parents of Ashley, 35, and Kristen, 32, and the proud grandparents of Joshua, 11. They also have a 2-year-old Shih-Tzu who runs the household.

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