Leadership

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

Jason Hickey

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Jason was born and raised in Alabama and started his career in land surveying. Once he realized that working outside was only fun in the spring and fall, he moved into the office and utilized his love of technology to learn CAD. He eventually moved from survey drafting to civil design and then on to CAD management. In 2005 he took his knowledge of Autodesk software on the road as an applications engineer for ALACAD. There, he co-authored Mastering Civil 3D 2008 and moved to Engineered Efficiency as a consultant implementing AutoCAD Civil 3D across the country, where he co-authored Mastering Civil 3D 2007. He went to work for Autodesk in 2008 in technical support. In 2013 he moved from technical support to the newly-formed enterprise services and support, where he received two Global Customer Excellency awards for exceptional customer service. In 2018, Jason became the Operations Manager at The Rosewood Group, which was later acquired by Shaw Technology.

Jason has a BS in Business Management from Western Governors University and is in the home stretch of completing his MBA at Western Governors University. Jason is married to Teresa and has one daughter, Elizabeth, who is currently studying deaf education at the University of Montevallo. They are the proud owners of Lola (a minpin/chihuahua mix) and Maggie the WonderPug™, and he will gladly introduce them to you via his Instagram account. Both Jason and Teresa are avid Auburn fans and will greet you with a very hearty “War Eagle!”

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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