Ashley Thill, Our Founder & Chief Executive Officer
There is a relatively small segment of leaders in the business world who seem able to build relationships, trust, and rapport with almost anyone, and upon that build partnerships and alliances that create forward momentum to realize optimum outcomes. Ashley Thill, TAB Owner of South Central Kansas, is one of those people and achieving results through collaboration, partnerships and relationships are who she is.
As a college student, Ashley worked in Zernco’s accounting and construction services departments. She returned to her business roots in 2009 when she again joined the family business as vice-president. In 2012 Ashley became majority owner of Zernco. With her more than twenty years of involvement in Zernco coupled with her fifteen years in the financial industry, Ashley is skilled in identifying business opportunities and developing profitable market strategies. Ashley believes in harnessing the unique abilities of those with whom she has surrounded herself to consistently improve operational efficiency. She is perpetually looking to expand the business to serve our clients in greater ways.
Ashley is happily married to Scott Thill and is looking forward to the next fifty years together. She is the mother of five children (one son and four daughters). She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, photography, watercolors, and the beach.
Gavin Badillo, Technology Implementer
Employees emerging from the Millennial generation are often stereotyped as having a lack of responsibility, poor work ethic, and sensitivity to criticism. It takes someone with dedication, patience, and a willingness to communicate to fight these assumptions with logic and humility. Bringing a passion for practical innovation and collaboration, Gavin is a showcase of why you should not judge a book by its cover.
A recent graduate from the University of California – San Diego, Gavin majored in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts (ICAM) and developed a variety of technological skills that combined technology and art in new and original ways. In particular, he loves to explore people’s visions for their personal passion projects and bring them to life.
Gavin specializes in using his talents in design, videography, web development, and programming to find unexpected solutions to roadblocks in a client’s vision. Whether it involves renovating websites to add flair to a brand or implementing new technology into the workplace, he lives to help people in any challenge they face.
When not at work Gavin loves discussing anything from philosophy to zombie mythology and trying out the newest games. He also has a passion for collecting unusual trinkets for his keychain and trying out new activities he has never experienced before.
Jeremy Riley, Technology Consultant
Despite 20 years in the Information Technology field, Jeremy would tell you that technology is usually the furthest thing from his mind. Rather, he believes the job of a technologist is customer service – empowering the success of others by providing usable solutions that enable them to excel. His contrarian instincts inspire him to reject the rigidness typically associated with the technology industry and replace it with creative solutions that serve the user.
Of course, today’s technology still has to be managed, so it’s a good thing that problem-solving is among Jeremy’s most developed skills. Like ingenuIT as a whole, Jeremy has a fierce tenacity to overcome challenges so that no solution is out of reach.
Jeremy grew up in northeast Ohio where he learned a curiosity for technology from his father at a young age. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force where he served for nearly a dozen years. His service took him to Montana, South Korea, and ultimately to Wichita, where he chose to stay and put down roots.
Following his military service, Jeremy spent the next decade as a technology consultant to SMB in the Wichita area. During this time he worked with a multitude of businesses in a variety of different industries, expanding both his technical and project management skills. This experience reinforced in him that the solution, not the technology, is the only thing that matters.
Jeremy and his wife Meghan reside in Derby and are the proud parents of six children. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys playing guitar, video games, Coen movies, reading, and WWII history.
Michael Walker, IT Specialist
Michael Walker is an information technology consultant with vast array of experience in many fields of technology from administrating Microsoft based networks to programming battle simulation calculators for the board game “Risk” and everything in between. His main experience has been in administering and maintaining Windows-based infrastructure for small and medium-sized businesses where he has been able to put his problem-solving skills to use.
Michael took apart his first computer before he was nine years old. His family had a Tandy computer that came with a very detailed manual that he studied, memorized and then put into practice. Luckily before anyone discovered what had happened he had put the computer back together with his family none the wiser. From that moment on he couldn’t be pulled away from technology and it eventually lead to him attending North Central Technical College where he graduated with an Associate’s of Applied Science in Advanced Computer Information Technology. After graduation, Michael went directly into the workforce for a managed services provider in the Wichita area where he honed his IT skills and learned about many different technologies.
Over the years, Michael has competed in various information technology competitions and won many state and national titles through Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Skills. One of those titles is a national championship as part of a three-man “Network Design Team” and various state championships including “Computer Programming”, “Network Administration”, “Computer Hardware” and “Computer Security”.
Outside of work, Michael stays busy with the practice of martial arts, running obstacle course races, reading, playing chess and drawing. He spends most of his time with his wife and 6-year-old daughter, hanging around the house or going out to see the newest superhero movie. Michael Walker lives in Valley Center, Kansas.
Sawyer Hobbs, Administrative Operations Manager & Executive Trainer
Sawyer has always believed that the secret to success is equal parts flexibility, communication, collaboration, and persistence. After high school, she joined JS Ventures where she quickly moved up through the ranks eventually becoming one of the youngest General Managers at the company. No matter the role, her tireless work ethic and recipe for success has always served her well. Now, as the Executive Administrative Operations Manager for A Z Advisory Group, she takes her past experiences to empower and develop dynamic leadership teams for any business.
Originally from a large family, with a total of nine siblings, Sawyer is no stranger to being self-sufficient. As the third oldest child, Sawyer was often given a lot of responsibility at a young age, something with which she thrived. During Sawyer’s early years she and her family had the opportunity to live in many different parts of the country, and as a result, Sawyer quickly learned how to meet new people and gain their trust and respect. Nowadays, Sawyer enjoys using her skills to help businesses thrive by implementing the business owner’s vision through executive administrative management, project management, delegation, and employee development.
Sawyer loves the Cubs and has a passion for collecting anything related to giraffes. She enjoys relaxing with her dogs, traveling with friends, and taking vacations with her significant other Stratman.
Tanya Davis, Administrative Assistant
With the attention to detail and patience to organize even the most chaotic of events, Tanya Davis is consistently striving to realize clients’ vision of the perfect event. As the administrative assistant of the A Z Advisory Group, she applies her experience in handling a variety of data to support the team’s efforts in staying organized and on top of their schedule to ensure that clients are having short turnaround times on their projects.
Originally a former employee of CCPR, Tanya has had many opportunities to see in action what it takes to not only organize a rowdy crowd of people but also a wild pack of dogs in order to host successful charity drives in support of her local community. Her first trial by fire in this endeavor was when she organized CCPR’s charity fundraiser, the MidWest Dog Fest, to provide support for Kansas veterans who were in need of service dogs to help them overcome their physical limitations in day-to-day life. Her most recent one managed to attract over 1,000 participants and included activities like a photo booth, pup park obstacle course, multiple food trucks, dog talent show, mini bar, and more!
While Tanya continues to develop her expertise in event coordination she also spends time developing a plethora of additional skills to help support the A Z Advisory Group in all their endeavors. Just a few of these skills include administrative organization, employee training, QuickBooks implementation, inventory management, order processing, and high proficiency in all the tools within Microsoft Office.
When she isn’t helping to keep things organized she loves to go hunting with her husband, spending time with her pets (dogs, bearded dragons, and many fish), helping her friends with interior decoration, and training hunting dogs on how to perform at their full capacity during waterfowl season.