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

Industry Partnerships

BARR Advisory is proud to partner with an exclusive group of service providers, like Reciprocity, Inc., which allows our clients access to ZenGRC, a cloud-based GRC software that helps compliance and audit managers get beyond spreadsheets to execute their programs more maturely. By collaborating with market leaders, we continue to innovate and provide our clients with world-class solutions.

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

Director, Brand and Operations

As Director of Brand and Operations, Lauren leads BARR Advisory’s global brand management, creative services, and marketing and communications strategy. In her role, Lauren is responsible for developing strategic marketing initiatives designed to showcase our expanding advisory and compliance services as well as assist BARR clients with all communications needs associated with promoting successful audits to internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to BARR, Lauren was the director of marketing for a private university. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree from New York University.

Kyle Helles, BARR Advisory, Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

Kyle Helles

Manager, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Manager 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

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant 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).

Hannah Wagner

Hannah Wagner

Associate Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

Hannah Wagner is an Associate 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.

Angela Carpenter

Angela Carpenter

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

Angela Carpenter is a Senior Consultant 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.

Brett Davis

Brett Davis

Associate Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As an Associate 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.

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.

Neil Anderson

Information Protection Partner

As Information Protection Partner, Neil Anderson lives up to his title. With over 17 years of diverse experience in IT, Neil is an accomplished team leader, penetration tester, compliance auditor, security trainer, interface designer, data center manager and Unix systems administrator. He is a published author on topics including network vulnerability assessments, technical manuals, security policies and compliance gap analysis.

Neil's focus is on communicating security assessment results to executive leadership and technical staff.