Jimmy Sawyers helps banks tackle issues ranging from strategic technology planning and system selection to cybersecurity and enterprise risk management.
Prior to co-founding Sawyers & Jacobs LLC, Jimmy worked as a community banker, in the consulting division of a CPA firm, and at a tech startup. A graduate of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, Jimmy’s 35 years of experience in the financial services technology field includes nine years directing the operations and technology division of a fast-growing bank and 26 years as a consultant to the financial services industry.
Jimmy is on the faculty of the Barret Graduate School of Banking at Christian Brothers University, the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University, The Southeastern School of Banking at Belmont University, the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia, and the Mississippi School of Banking at the University of Mississippi, where he teaches the technology, payments, cybersecurity, and/or risk management courses at all five schools.
Jimmy has authored two books on technology and risk management in community banks, is a frequent contributor to industry publications, and is a regular on the banking industry speaking circuit.
Known as one of the most independent and informed voices in the industry, and nationally recognized for his entertaining presentations that engage, inform, and educate, Jimmy delivers valuable takeaways, practical advice, and a fresh perspective to complex issues.
Joshua Jacobs has nineteen years of experience providing information technology consulting services and solutions focusing on financial institutions. He is an Indiana University Kelly School of Business graduate with a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) and a Christian Brothers University graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management (GCPM).
He is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member at his alma mater, Christian Brothers University, teaching a course on Digital Forensics that is part of the Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics degree program. He holds numerous IT and IT security certifications including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), the GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN), and the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP). He is also the co-author of the SSCP Study Guide and DVD Training System. He specializes in cybersecurity assessments and penetration testing, network design and support, and network virtualization.
Joshua, his wife Mary, and their four children, live in Collierville, Tennessee.
Patrick Glaser has over eighteen years of experience in desktop and server support as a systems engineer and business analyst. Before joining the Sawyers & Jacobs team, his previous work includes a technology support firm, regional CPA and consulting firm, and more recently a Fortune 100 corporation where he was involved in new product testing and development. Patrick’s educational background in telecommunications, his expert troubleshooting skills, and his dedication to superior client service make him a valuable member of our team and an excellent resource for our clients.
A native of Evansville, Indiana, Patrick, his wife, and two children live in Bartlett, Tennessee.
Vice President, CPA, CISA
Jason, his wife Elizabeth, and their three children live in Marion, Arkansas.
Chris Gulley has eighteen years of experience in the information technology field with a background in security operations as well as design and implementation of technical infrastructure. Before joining our firm, Chris served as Senior Security Analyst for a world-renowned children’s research hospital where he engaged cybersecurity measures to protect donor information. A former community banker, Chris served as Information Security Officer (ISO) and Director of IT for a fast-growing community bank after serving in the same roles at a securities firm.
His roles have included researching and evaluating security practices, performing network penetration testing, and vulnerability scans, implementing Security Information Event Management (SIEM) systems, and managing server, network, and desktop support.
A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Chris, his wife, and two children live in Cordova, Tennessee.
Matthew Evans helps our clients in several areas including Business Continuity consulting, risk assessment facilitation, IT Reviews, Bank Secrecy Act Independent Testing, and Social Media consulting. He is responsible for several aspects of firm marketing, social media, special events, deliverables, and client communication. With sixteen years of experience in the service industry, Matt is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a B.B.A. in Marketing Management. Matthew helps us deliver superior client satisfaction and cultivate successful long-term relationships with our clients and business partners.
Matthew and his wife, Savannah, live in Collierville, Tennessee.
Molly Kivelle helps our clients with several risk management consulting services including risk assessment facilitation. A graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration, Molly provides our clients risk assessment facilitation with a personal touch, resulting in successful long-term relationships and superior client satisfaction.
Molly, her husband Ethan, and their son live in Bartlett, Tennessee.
A graduate of Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, Nick earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance while serving as captain of the baseball team. Showing the same hustle he had on the playing field, Nick now provides consulting services in the areas of IT Audit and Risk Management. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, now living in Cordova, Tennessee, Nick draws on his experience in business operations to help our clients balance practical risk mitigation with an excellent customer experience and increased profitability.
A graduate of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics, Clark works with our clients to protect them from cybersecurity threats and to help them mitigate risk to an acceptable level. Clark’s previous experience includes working for the Barret Graduate School of Banking during its annual sessions where he assisted in several areas including the Bank Simulation course. During college, Clark also interned at Sawyers and Jacobs LLC. His roles at our firm have ranged from assisting with Strategic Technology Plans and Core Banking System Selections to Cybersecurity Assessments and Network Support.