On a mission to help create a more secure world. One enterprise at a time.

At BARR Advisory, P.A. (“BARR Advisory”), we exist to simplify the path to security and compliance for a more secure world. We empower innovative technology and cloud service providers to anticipate, navigate, and respond to issues related to risk, cybersecurity, and compliance. Businesses looking for the accessibility of a boutique firm with the tools and expertise of a global consulting firm will find a partner in us.

We believe complicated mandates shouldn’t be a barrier to your organization and the work you love to do. That’s why we take the complexity out of security and compliance, and work with you to create an infrastructure built on accountability and transparency. Because where there’s transparency, there’s trust. Let’s work together to give your organization’s stakeholders a reason to trust.

The BARR Difference

We do more than check the box; we add real value. Our focus is on building relationships and understanding our clients’ needs, so we can help strengthen security, ensure compliance and grow business.

Our Values

We’re relentless in our pursuit to add more value for our clients.

We build relationships based on respect, accountability and trust.

We value diversity of people and ideas.

Simple is powerful. We focus on what’s essential.

Our clients’ challenges are our challenges and, as thought leaders, we innovate to provide the best solutions.

Our Values

  • Unparalleled Support
  • Transparent
  • Inclusive
  • Simplicity
  • Future Ready

Our Team

BARR Advisory leaders are driven, innovative change-makers dedicated to delivering superior client service. Our passion for industry, years of experience and friendly demeanor, instill confidence in our clients. With our leadership, tools and expertise, we can help your organization achieve the security you need and the compliance to succeed.

Bradley Thies, founder and president

Brad Thies

Founder and President

As Founder and President of BARR Advisory, Brad Thies leads all aspects of the organization’s global client service delivery and security assessment services including SOC, ISO, PCI, NIST and HIPAA examinations, FedRAMP reviews and GRC consulting services. Under Brad’s leadership, BARR has become one of the most sought-after third-party assessors in the cloud computing space.

Brad is a recognized thought leader on security and compliance in the cloud computing space. He is a regular guest speaker at industry events, such as ISACA conferences and a member of the AICPA’s Trust Integrity Task Force. Brad’s professional advice has been featured in Entrepreneur, Cloud Computing Journal and Information Security Buzz. Prior to founding BARR, Brad managed KPMG's IT advisory services division. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information System Auditor (CISA).

Mitch Evans, director risk

Mitch Evans

Director, Risk Consulting

As BARR Advisory’s Director of Risk Consulting, Mitch Evans guides the planning and execution of information technology audits, client risk assessments and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) services for our rapidly expanding client portfolio. He specializes in performing assessments over the design and implementation of control requirements based on current industry standards, government regulations and customer requirements.

Mitch was previously a senior associate at KPMG, where he helped large clients meet multiple compliance needs within the healthcare, finance and retail industries. He is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA).

Lauren Hannawald, director and brand operations

Lauren Hannawald

Chief Operating Officer

Lauren Hannawald brings over 15 years of industry experience to her role as Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for BARR’s day-to-day administrative and operational functions with a focus on delivering superior client service and process effectiveness.

Lauren’s role also includes the management of brand marketing and partnership initiatives, policies and programs that align with company core values and culture, associate development and talent recruitment, as well as supporting the CEO and Leadership team in executing strategic business goals.

A marketing communications professional by background, Lauren began her career at Hallmark Magazine, later holding roles at Hallmark Cards. Lauren also served as the Director of Marketing at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree from New York University.

Kyle Helles

Director, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Director in BARR Advisory's Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Kyle leads the execution of engagement activities based on client needs. She specializes in performing assessments over the design and operating effectiveness of control environments based on industry trends, leading best practice, and regulatory requirements.

Prior to joining BARR Advisory, Kyle held audit roles in EY’s IT Risk and Assurance practice, Frontier Communications and Conduent Business Services. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and an ISO Lead Auditor.

Whitney Perez, Senior Consultant

Whitney Perez

Manager, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Manager in BARR Advisory’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Whitney Perez brings a wealth of experience in internal audits, SOX, information security, and internal control development. She evaluates risk and controls for industries including energy, government, and financial services.

Prior to joining BARR, Whitney held IT auditor and advisory positions at KCP&L in Kansas City, Missouri and Grant Thornton in Dallas, Texas. Whitney has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Angela Carpenter

Angela Carpenter

Manager, Cyber Risk Advisory

Angela Carpenter is a Manager in BARR Advisory’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice. She is known for her exemplary client service as well as her technical expertise in assessing security and compliance against regulatory standards including SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC for Cybersecurity. Angela currently serves clients in a wide range of industries—from global technology services and media production to financial services.

Prior to joining BARR, Angela was a Senior Auditor for the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City and later a Financial Systems Analyst at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Kansas State University.

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory, Ken Daniels

Ken Daniels

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Ken assists and supports clients as they navigate the complexities associated with SOC and regulatory reporting. Through his work he seeks to bring his diverse experience and skill sets to assist with bridging the gap between compliance reporting and businesses' understanding of risk and risk mitigating strategies.

Ken began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) working extensively in risk assurance with large banking and consumer goods companies nationwide. From there, he moved on to Raymond James, a financial services firm based in Tampa, Florida, which ultimately, led him to BARR.

Brett Davis

Brett Davis

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR Advisory’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Brett Davis evaluates the design and effectiveness of clients’ technology controls to prevent breaches and incidents and identify opportunities to operate more efficiently. Brett is recognized as a diligent, disciplined individual that goes above and beyond for his team and his clients.

Prior to BARR, Brett served in the United States Navy for six years, where he was a member of the elite Navy Special Warfare community that conducted special operations. After his service, Brett went on to mentor veteran students — providing support and positive influence to help them achieve academic, career and life goals.

Brett holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory, Hannah Kenney

Hannah Kenney

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

Hannah Kenney is a Senior Consultant in BARR Advisory’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice. She currently serves on cyber risk engagements for computer software, human resources, and financial technology organizations, where she is responsible for planning, execution, and delivery of cyber assessments, and reporting process improvements.

Hannah’s background includes extensive project management experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Business Analytics from the University of Kansas.

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory, Ian McGee

Ian McGee

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Ian brings extensive experience in assessing effectiveness and design of control environments. Ian executes information technology audits for clients with high-value data in a range of industries.

Before joining BARR, Ian worked as a senior auditor for the City of Denver and the County of Denver, and for K Financial. Ian earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting from Eastern Michigan University.

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory, Julie Mungai

Julie Mungai

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Julie Mungai brings extensive experience in performing internal controls audits, including business process and technology audits, for domestic and international clients in manufacturing, technology and pharmaceutical industries as well as compliance activities including attestation of services (SOC 1, SOC 2).

Before joining BARR, Julie gained five years of experience in risk assurance at PwC. Julie has a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University, a master’s degree from New York University, and holds a CISA.

Associate Consultant, Vince Maduri

Vince Maduri

Associate Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As an Associate Consultant in BARR Advisory’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Vince navigates complex security and compliance issues, evaluating cyber risk controls for clients in highly-regulated industries. Vince is known for his diligence, professionalism, and thorough analysis of clients’ security and compliance.

Prior to joining BARR, Vince ran his own communications company alongside his father and siblings. There, he developed a new digital media product and ran day-to-day operations. He also worked for Wells Fargo in positions of increasing responsibility until joining the BARR team.

Vince graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, then went on to earn a Global MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Jake Smith, Associate Consultant

Jake Smith

Associate Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As an Associate Consultant in BARR Advisory’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Jake Smith helps clients navigate complex security and compliance issues — identifying and evaluating business and technology risks and remediation methods to mitigate those risks.

Jake has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Mount Union and is pursuing his MBA from Cleveland State University.

Marketing Manager, Jen Knobel

Jennifer Knobel

Marketing Manager

As Marketing Manager, Jen supports BARR Advisory’s marketing and communications strategy. In this role, she is responsible for developing high-impact materials and marketing campaigns to extend BARR’s reach in the cybersecurity and compliance B2B markets. She assists with the planning and execution of all digital marketing, including SEO/SEM, email, blog and social media efforts.

Jen has more than 10 years of experience in content creation, advertising, social media strategy, campaign development, branding and management. Prior to BARR, she was director of marketing for a private university and ran her own freelance copywriting and marketing business. Jen holds both a Bachelor of Science in public relations and marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in modern languages from Kansas State University.

BARR Advisory's People Operations Manager, Whitney Lindsey

Whitney Lindsey

People Operations Manager

As BARR’s People Operations Manager, Whitney is responsible for recruiting new talent, onboarding, supporting each phase of the associate life cycle, and enhancing our values-driven work environment. She also supports wellness activities, benefits, and compensation administration.

Before joining BARR, Whitney acquired 13 years of experience in talent recruitment and management at leading companies like Google, Amazon, and Oracle. Whitney has a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a master’s degree from the University of Denver.

Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith

Director, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships

Michelle leads BARR Advisory’s marketing and communications strategy, global brand management, creative services, and strategic partnerships. In her role, Michelle is responsible for developing integrated marketing initiatives designed to showcase BARR’s expanding advisory and compliance services as well as develop key partnerships as a pathway to new business. With nearly a decade of marketing, communications, and branding experience in a wide range of industries, Michelle brings her passion for creativity and innovation to BARR’s dynamic culture.

Prior to BARR, Michelle served as Assistant Director of Marketing for a private university in Kansas City, along with holding various marketing roles of increasing responsibility in the technology, performing arts, and athletics industries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Kansas State University and a master’s degree from Rockhurst University.