Shane was born in Cowboy Country, just outside Tucson Arizona. When he was 7 years old, his family moved to Ft. Myers Beach Florida, where Shane fell in love with almost every water sport. When he was 10 years old, his mother lead the family in a daily exercise routine that consisted of a one mile beach run, only to be followed by a 15 minute swim all before grade school. As Shane grew up, he took to the water like a fish. If you couldn’t find him on the weekends or if his teachers couldn’t account for him in class, he was hanging out with his buddy’s swimming, surfing, jet skiing, or waterskiing.
During his teens, Shane’s year-round swim coach recognized that he was a talented swimmer and runner. Shane was Captain of his High School Swim Team and ran a 5K in 16 minutes. He got his competitive blood boiling at a young age when his swim coach encouraged him to enter his first Triathlon. That’s all it took, and Shane spent the next 3 years competing on the United States Pro/Am Triathlon Circuit. By 1988, Shane accumulated many victories, winning the 1987 International Triathlon Championship Title (age group 15-19), and the 1987 National Short Course Triathlon Championship Runner-up Title (age group 15-19). Shane also competed in Jet Ski Racing too; and by 1993, he finished with 2 Florida State Championship Titles and one Arizona State Championship Title.
By Shane’s early 20’s he was out of breath and ready to get serious about college. As he describes this time during his life: “For 7 years, I was blessed to have the opportunity to compete with some of the worlds best athletes. It was fun, rewarding, and humbling. It taught me to overcome my fears by having faith and confidence in myself, and be grateful for what I’ve been given. So, I’m ready to move on with my life academically, and maybe some day I will return to swimming and triathlons.”
Shane earned his Associates Degree from Arizona State University, a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University, and a Professional Real Estate Certification from New York University. From 1997 thru 2002, he worked for two of the Big 4 International Accounting Firms, Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young. After spending a couple years in Phoenix, he moved to NYC in 2000. After leaving Public Accounting in 2002, he teamed up with a couple NY Real Estate Entrepreneurs to provide Real Estate Consulting Services to a couple Fortune 500 companies. During his years in the Big Apple, Shane earned a reputation for assisting companies with financial transactions, acquisitions and dispositions, development, and brokerage services. In November 2004, Shane relocated back to Scottsdale Arizona to work full-time in real estate development, and join his buddy’s at ASU’s Mona Plummer Aquatic Center for a daily swim! He works as a real estate developer and builds retail shopping centers and Walgreen Pharmacies in the United States.
So, how does this full-of-life, single guy describe working in the hustle and bustle of NYC, “It’s a one in a life time experience…you work your butt off and you work your butt off, then you party hard! It all makes sense, right? That town never sleeps; you feel the energy day and night! It’s so exhilarating! But, I’m happy to be home.”
In Shane’s personal life, he is an active member of USA Masters Swimming and USA Triathlon Associations. Although he claims that he’s “retired” from Triathlons, some weekends you’ll see Shane compete in local, regional, and national open water swims, duathlons, and triathlons. In October 2008, Shane won the US Open Triathlon as the overall amateur champion. In 2007, USA Triathlon awarded Shane overall points Champion in Aquathlon (swim & run); and in 2006, the US Olympic Committee and USA Triathlon awarded Shane, Duathlon All-American. His friends say: “He’s pretty good…consistently throwing it down with those young-gun triathletes! Retired, yeah right!” But it’s another race that’s recently caught his attention now: “I’d love to do the 15 mile Swim Across Long Island Sound one day. All the proceeds go to help cancer treatment centers.” When Shane’s not swimming or building Walgreen stores, he’s playing cowboy down at the ranch helping his father and friends round-up cattle. “I like the variety in my life right now. It’s a good balance. What really gets me excited is helping others achieve their goals and seeing them feel successful in life”. Shane gives back to the community as a volunteer teacher through Junior Achievement. In 2009, Shane relocated back to NYC and works in a Real Estate Development.