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 32 years of experience in the financial services technology field includes nine years directing the operations and technology division of a fast-growing bank and 23 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 Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, , 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 six 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 sixteen 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 sixteen 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.
Jason Corder helps our clients with a variety of IT and risk management issues while drawing on his extensive background in bank operations and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining our team, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Information Security Officer for a community bank, with responsibilities including oversight of bank operations, information technology, loan review, risk management, and asset/liability management. Jason’s banking experience also includes the role of Senior Bank Examiner for the Arkansas State Bank Department. As a Safety and Soundness Examiner, Jason evaluated banks for regulatory compliance, financial soundness, and appropriate risk management controls. He graduated from Arkansas State University with a B.S. in Finance, and he holds the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification.
Jason, his wife Elizabeth, and their three children live in Marion, Arkansas.
Chris Gulley has sixteen 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 eleven 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.
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.
Jeffrey Roberts helps our clients with cybersecurity and information security issues including Cybersecurity Risk Assessment facilitation, GLBA Information Risk Assessment facilitation, and Cybersecurity Assessment engagements. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance from Oklahoma State University. His educational background in information assurance, forensics, and Telecommunications helps him take care of our clients and advise them on critical matters of information security.
Jeff and his wife, Erin, live in Cordova, Tennessee.
Lorri Zanella helps our clients in her role as Firm Administrator by keeping projects on track, preparing quality deliverables, and serving as a consistent and available point of contact. A former banker, Lorri has worked in several banking areas including compliance, operations, commercial lending, and mortgage lending. Her banking experience allows her to better understand our clients’ environments and provide an exceptional level of client service. Lorri also coordinates our firm’s special events and continuing education offerings. A native Memphian, Lorri graduated from The University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Professional/Paralegal Studies.