We are a family owned and operated business.  We stand by our work so much that we aren’t afraid to put our name on the door.  Also, we couldn’t agree on any other company name after many long hours debating them.  Sawyer Solutions was started in 2011 to develop an integrated inspection software system. We partnered with some old friends from PiRod/Valmont to form Blue Sky Innovations, LLC to market that product to the structural and telecommunications industry. We subsequently expanded Sawyer Solutions to offer complete managed IT services and consulting that can be found on the Services page.

Benji Sawyer

Benji Sawyer

Young (at heart) Whipper Snapper

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.

 

Ken Sawyer - MEng, MEd, CISSP, PMP, MCSD, CSM

Ken Sawyer - MEng, MEd, CISSP, PMP, MCSD, CSM

Chief Elder Person

Growing up in Alabama, I knew that I wanted to be an engineer. I loved to take things apart so I could understand how they work. I was even able to put some of them back together and get to work again!

 

My undergraduate education at Samford University introduced me to some new ideas. I became involved in the campus radio station and began a long career in the telecommunications industry as a broadcast engineer. I graduated with a degree in Human Relations but the most important thing I discovered in college was my wonderful wife, Liz, whom I met in the Samford University Band.

Right after college I was hired to build a television studio at the University of Montevallo where I acquired a Master of Education degree and taught briefly. Then Liz and I started our first business together – Avionics. There we learned a lot about business in a hurry. After that, I returned to the broadcast world and ended up as president of a company – Southern Broadcast Services – that built and maintained telecommunication facilities and structures around the country. It was here that I found my passion for integrating ideas, people and technology. I started writing software and developing solutions to help our business grow and operate more efficiently. We were also blessed with two sons.

The next phase of my career led my family to Plymouth, IN. I went to work for PiRod, Inc. (later acquired by Valmont Industries) which is a manufacturer of communication towers. I was hired as a product manager but my penchant for building technology solutions soon won out and I became focused on building great IT solutions for the business.

Indiana was nice but Alabama is home so after 5 years we moved back and started Sawyer Systems. In addition to continued consulting for PiRod/Valmont we expanded our services. We produced solutions for manufacturing, service and non-profit organizations including structural analysis, accounting, supply chain and others. Along the way I acquired a Master or Engineering degree and several certifications including Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

When I’m not working, I enjoy being active in my church where I sing in the choir and I love spending time with my six grandchildren.

Gary Gouse

Gary Gouse

Lead Sales Go-Getter

A native of the Birmingham area, Gary has spent the majority of his career in the coin operated amusement and vending industry. He has extensive (20 years) business management and sales experience and a B.S. in Business from the University of Tampa. Gary will be helping Sawyer Solutions grow its client base. He is married, has two grown daughters, four grandkids, and when he’s not hanging out with them he enjoys golf, cycling and working out.

Ryan Ivey

Ryan Ivey

Technical Answer Finder 1

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.

Tyler Carroll

Tyler Carroll

Technical Answer Finder 2

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.