YOUNG (AT HEART) WHIPPER SNAPPER

Benji Sawyer

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Born and raised in Alabama, and a high school graduate of Alabama’s prestigious School of Math and Science (ASMS), Benji has been programming since the late 1990’s. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, then immediately went to work at Pi-Rod, until it was purchased by Valmont. This changeover resulted in Benji moving to Memphis, Tennessee, working first briefly as a mid-level programmer for ServiceMaster Clean, then for Brother International in their internet group. Benji worked for Brother for about ten years, where he was honored for his expertise by being promoted to a position responsible for designing solutions, mentoring developers, choosing code standards and implementing new technology, all while being given a fair amount of free reign over the IT team’s growth, goals, and direction.

While in Memphis, Benji met and married his loving, talented (and brilliant) wife, Rebekah. He fell in love again when their first child was born in 2007.   Now, they have four delightful children, who are a joy to them. He also earned his Master’s degree in Engineering Technology from the University of Memphis.

In 2011, Benji and his father, Ken Sawyer, began Sawyer Solutions, LLC, a company originally created to develop a structural inspection software package. In 2013, Sawyer Solutions, LLC expanded to provide managed IT services, resulting in Benji and family moving to Alabama to work full-time helping businesses with their technology needs. Benji is dedicated to serving his clients with his competent, dependable, and savvy in the IT field.

These days, you will more likely than not find Benji hard at work providing quality IT services and networking with other businesses in the greater-Birmingham area. Benji spends most of his free time with his family, and he also volunteers twice a week in the youth program of the Alabaster Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Once upon a time, he enjoyed other activities, such as skiing, jogging, and gaming and is looking forward to a time when he can enjoy them again.

Chief Elder

Ken Sawyer

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Ken Sawyer is a remarkable leader, business community advocate and compassionate family man. Ken's advanced degrees and certifications demonstrate his drive and passion for learning. His quickly growing company and loyal clientele are a testament to his dedication and integrity.

Ken Sawyer leads Sawyer Solutions, a family-run IT Solutions company located in the Birmingham area. Ken graduated from Samford University where he launched a career in telecommunications as a broadcast engineer. He completed construction of the first TV production facility at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama and acquired a Master of Education in the process. Along the way he acquired a Master of Engineering degree at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and several certifications including Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Both Ken and his wife, Liz, learned from their entrepreneurial parents and started their first business together in Shelby County, Alabama in 1973. In subsequent years they founded or co-founded a total of six businesses. Their most recent endeavor is Sawyer Solutions LLC. Ken serves as CEO of this technology company that delivers the highest level of expertise and exceptional customer service. In 2018 Sawyer Solutions was recognized as

  • One of the thirty fastest growing companies in Birmingham
  • Small Business of the Year (6-10 employees) by the Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce
  • Recipient of the Silver Award for Alabama Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees).

When Ken is not working, he is active as an ambassador with the Shelby Chamber of Commerce. He has served in a number of leadership positions with the Boy Scouts where he has been recognized with numerous awards including Silver Beaver. Ken enjoys being active in his church where he serves on various committees and sings in the choir. He loves spending time with his seven grandchildren and two Shetland Sheepdogs.

 

Technical Answer Finder 1

Ryan Ivey

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Ryan was born in Florida but raised in Enterprise, AL. Nothing like relaxing on the back porch while listening to the Fort Rucker helicopters flying overhead. His first job in tech was as a help desk technician at Office Depot. After finishing his associates degree in Information Systems, he joined the United States Air Force. After traveling to places such as California, Alaska, Germany and Iraq he left the Air Force after four years and reentered the civilian life working at Publix. He was excited to be introduced to the Sawyer family and start working in technology again.

Technical Answer Finder 2

Tyler Carroll

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Originally from Finksburg, MD, Tyler recently moved to Locust Fork, AL to be closer to family. In Maryland, he attended the Carroll County Career and Tech Center for Computer Networking and System Security. After graduating, he went on to earn an Associates degree at I.T.T Tech in Information Systems Security. He has worked in various roles in the Technology and Automotive Industries over the past several years, from Systems Analyst for the GM Manufacturing plant in Baltimore to Remote Technician for ARHD to Digital Marketing for a strand of dealerships in Maryland and South Central, PA. He may not always know the answer or the solution, but figuring it out brings him joy and keeps pushing him forward.

Technical Answer Finder 3

Andrew Farrow

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Andrew grew up in south Alabama near Mobile, and then central Florida just north of Orlando. While he was in high school, he spent a lot of weekends going to Disney World and Universal with his younger brother and sister. He moved to Birmingham right after graduating high school, and attended Wallace State, where he graduated with a degree in Cyber Security and Computer Forensics. During his time in college, he interned with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, then worked as a technician for Konica Minolta, before being offered an internship here at Sawyer Solutions. After graduating he moved into a technician position here at Sawyer Solutions, where he is happy to provide support, and research for the company.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys reading, painting, building models, and playing tabletop games such as Warhammer 40k and Dungeons and Dragons. A big fan of figuring out how things work, he is also known to occasionally take apart random electronics and devices to see how they work internally. Usually he is able to reassemble them. When it comes to animals, he is a dog person, enjoying his time in office with Kelly and Bailey, the office Shelties. Andrew has a Boston terrier and will happily show you pictures of her, if you ask.

Technical Answer Finder 4

Curtis Richey

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Curtis was born in Birmingham, AL. While in high school he was an avid 2D video game programmer and developer, which led him to take up IT while in college. He attended Oakwood University where he studied Computer Information Systems and worked as helpdesk support in their IT department then transferred to Lawson State to attain his Associates Degree and Short Certificate in Computer Science.
 
After graduating he worked as a Desktop Support Technician for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute servicing and supporting anything from computers, cameras, and AV, exhibits, and surveillance. He enjoys new challenges as he is undoubtedly determined to assist and support in any issue brought to him. 
 
During his free time, some of Curtis’s favorite things to do are to study on new technical concepts, go fishing, hiking, playing video games with friends, or creating them for others to enjoy. He also spends his time with his family any chance he gets.
Technical Answer Finder 5

Jeremy Edmond

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Jeremy was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, and was introduced to technology early-on with building computers and going to LAN Parties in Middle School. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama, he moved back home and fell into his passion for technology again, working his first tech job as an intern with Shaw Technology in 2016. Once he rose up and learned his trade, he moved into the bustling metropolis of Birmingham, for the lovely views and terrific music scene. After settling in, he's happy to have found a home in Birmingham.
 
When he's off work, he spends his time playing the drums, listening to music, whether at home or a show, reading, PC gaming, and finding ways to improve his home network. He stands out from the Sawyer family by being dog-less, but is looking to change that sooner rather than later.
General Office Task Doer

Jan Merz

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Jan Merz is a marketing assistant and document creator here at Sawyer Solutions. Previously, Jan worked in problem management for a large telecommunications company. She graduated with honors from the University of South Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. In her free time, Jan enjoys designing earrings, creating Zentangles, reading, and teaching her cat to fetch.

Master Sales Executive

Denise Grissom

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Denise grew up in Kentucky but has been in Birmingham for most of her adult life. Denise attended Jeff State Community College then completed her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Faulkner University. Denise has worked in the computer industry in various roles for the last eleven years.

Denise is married and has two daughters, Bailee and Madison that she is very proud of. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her Boston Terrier Baxter.

Denise is a people person who enjoys visiting and laughing with friends and family. She loves meeting new people and forming new friendships.

Denise is a Kentucky Wildcat fan for life, she bleeds blue, but she won’t hold a grudge against any Alabama or Auburn fan she meets.

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