Today, Shawn is applying his personal experience to his passion for entrepreneurship and a professional record of business success as President and CEO of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) – which teaches the entrepreneurial mindset to young people and provides the tools and attitudes to overcome adversity and address future personal, economic, community and global challenges.
Growing up in a low income, single parent home, Shawn knows the real-world challenges of overcoming difficult circumstances, staying in school and succeeding. Shawn’s commitment to hard work, leadership, willingness to take risks and starting new ventures within the companies he has led embody the entrepreneurial spirit at the core of NFTE’s mission.
Before joining NFTE, Shawn served as President and CEO of TechAmerica, the premier international trade association for U.S. technology companies. At TechAmerica, he headed an organizational turnaround from substantial losses to breakeven with no long-term debt and orchestrated a successful merger with another leading technology association.
At TechAmerica, he also influenced public policy and programs focused on education and entrepreneurship including ConnectED, a White House initiative to improve K-12 education by upgrading connectivity to schools and training teachers on new education technology and the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act which encouraged new investors to finance early stage companies.
In total, Shawn has more than two decades of experience running high-growth and impact companies including Ulticom, the world market share leader in the wireless signaling technology.
As President and CEO of Ulticom, Shawn spearheaded the transformation of the company from a professional services firm to a global software manufacturer. He also led the successful initial public offering (IPO) of Ulticom and sale to private equity. In total, Ulticom raised more than $200 million on the NASDAQ Global Market and was ranked in the top 10 best performing IPOs.
Shawn also served as Chairman of the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). He has been recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as a Tech Titan and by The Hill newspaper as a Top Lobbyist.