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).
In 2011, I had the opportunity to leverage my many years or experience in the telecommunication industry with my passion for building business technology solutions. Liz and I, along with our younger son, Benji and his wife Rebekah, formed Sawyer Solutions, LLC to develop an integrated inspection software system. Sawyer Solutions partnered with some old friends from 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.