Hugh Sawyer


Hugh is a visionary, an author, a speaker, and a coach focusing on helping companies accelerate their growth. In board rooms and on tennis courts his depth of knowledge and experience has improved many executives’ game.

As an Executive Vice President of AXA Advisors, Hugh developed a world-class financial planning operation in Atlanta as well as a sales coaching program in the U.S. headquarters in New York. He was formerly a tax executive with Ernst & Young and the owner of his own tax and financial planning company in Virginia, which was subsequently sold to American Express.

When Hugh is not coaching executives he’s coaching or playing tennis. He is a lifetime member of the United States Tennis Association and has participated in league play and sanctioned USTA senior tournaments throughout the U.S. He's also an active member and fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

Recognized as one of the Outstanding Financial Advisors by Advisor Magazine, Hugh has received civic awards from the Red Cross and United Way, and was named One of the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1985. He was also listed in “Who’s Who” in the United States in 1991 and “Who’s Who” in finance in 1990.

Hugh lives in Sarasota, FL.

MS in Financial Planning, College for Financial Planning, Denver, CO

Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, Roanoke College, Roanoke, VA



I have truly enjoyed and benefitted from our relationship over the last four plus years, as I have navigated the challenges of becoming a member of the senior leadership and ownership team with SFCS. 

To be able to discuss complex issues and situations within the strictest of confidences has been helpful to allow me to process and determine approaches for office challenges which I would otherwise have no sounding board for. 

Out of these coaching sessions I feel that I have gained a deep professional friendship which has greatly benefited my career and advancement opportunities. From the discussions we have, to the books you challenge me to read, to the efforts you advise me to pursue, all of these have been very important not only to my actions but also to my way of thinking.  -Melissa C. Pritchard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Sr. Vice President, SFCS Inc