Shawn Rider knows what it’s like to start from scratch.
After dissolving the gym he owned with a former business partner, Shawn was left with just nine clients. When he rebuilt the business and founded Shenandoah.Fit, he turned those nine clients into 175—all while also working full time as a high-school finance and economics teacher.
Today, Shawn is the CEO of Shenandoah.Fit and employs a full-time coaching staff of five in addition to him.
“There was no better professional feeling than taking a gym from nothing to something and having the opportunity to own a gym full time,” he said.
Shawn saw his passion for entrepreneurship mirrored in the mission of Two-Brain Business, and after a year as a client in the Two-Brain family, he knew he wanted to help other entrepreneurs navigate the path to success.
“The day I left my teaching job, the first thought in my head was ‘Who’s next? How can I help as many people as possible feel this feeling?’”
He may have left the classroom, but Shawn remains committed to teaching. A self-described “decision-making generalist,” Shawn’s specialty lies in helping gym owners develop as leaders, and his mission is “to guide gym owners to freedom and wealth, both with time and finances, through leadership of their teams.” He also has a flair for branding and social media.
Shawn holds a bachelor of science in business and marketing education with a minor in economics from Appalachian State University and is a former FCS Division I national champion football player. In his spare time, he likes to spend time outdoors with his family.