About MeWho I am and why I do what I do
Hi, my name is Shawn, host of the Stories of Starters Podcast.
I have an incredible wife and four great kids that bring me joy.
We make our home in Cleveland, Ohio and love the variety of seasons here, from Spring to Summer to Fall. Yes, Winter, we love you too… but you can be a little cold and dreary sometimes.
I believe that we’ve all been uniquely designed by our Creator with an ingrained desire and gift to be creative.
That’s one of the things that makes you and me so amazing: a natural urge to create — to produce art, to see the beauty around us, to help make the world better, to think outside of the box and solve problems, to be who only you and I can be.
I think you’re here because you’re already using your gift. You have a business, a product, a message, a website… that was formed out of your passions, your mind, your desire to help. You have something that you feel can make a difference in the world. I believe it can as well.
As I’ve done with many clients before, I want to come alongside and help you tell your story to your audience. Let’s add some pop to your project or some wow to your website that can get you the attention that you deserve and help grow your business and spread the word.
As we get to know each other and I learn about your business, goals, struggles and market, we can work together to take what you’ve created to the next level. I’ll work with you to create something new, something that will stand out from the herd.
So let’s start a conversation and see how I can help you grow, spread your message, spice up your product and make a difference.
I can’t wait to get to know you start something special. Talk soon.
A long time ago in a city, actually, not too far away, I began my journey in this world. Born and raised in Columbus Ohio, my parents taught me some important principles:
- Work hard
- Live with integrity
- Love and serve others well
- God has a purpose for your life
- Never root for the university of michigan (lowercase emphasis mine) if you enjoy sleeping in our nice, warm house
As I grew, I began to develop a love for words. As a young boy, this love came out in a few ways. I would regularly barrage my parents with play-by-play accounts of anything and everything that happened in my little life. They really enjoyed that…I think.
As this passion transferred over to writing, I began to put those same words down on paper instead…thus providing my parents at least a few hours of silence now and then.
In fourth grade, I would use those words to create my own little portfolio, in the form of a yellow-and-green-covered book of writing. Stories of E.T., ornaments coming to life, special events, and others filled those pages. I still have that collection (thanks mom) and it’s special for me to look back and see how this love of writing and creating began so long ago.
As I’ve grown, I’ve seen that love for writing and communicating actually threading its way through every stage of my life. From high school to college to jobs and married life. Each step along the way, I’ve continued to hone my craft and grow in new ways.
MORE ABOUT ME
I am a Christ-follower, husband, father, friend, son, and brother. I have a beautiful wife, three growing boys, and a sweet baby girl. We like unpredictable weather so we’ve planted ourselves in northeast Ohio, home of some of the heartiest people I know. Also now finally home to a world championship sports team, the Cavaliers.
I’ve spent my whole career in mechanical engineering as a graduate from Grove City College, mostly in product design but now involved in manufacturing engineering at a great company.
Some of my other passions are coaching youth sports, playing basketball and other sports, reading, learning, laughing, playing and resting.
I love being a father and encouraging other dads. This has led me to be involved with All Pro Dad for several years, helping to lead breakfasts and equip dads for the journey of fatherhood. I’ve also enjoyed helping to launch Lou Groza Football, our local youth league, and being involved as a coach, web designer, in communications, commissioner, and in whatever way needed.
Other facts: I love bacon, programming Microsoft Excel, problem solving and a good dad joke.
I can’t wait to see what is in store next….