Shawn was born and raised in Richlands, VA – a small town in the southwest part of Virginia. His family has spent generations in southwest Virginia – as tradesmen and coal miners.

In 1999, Shawn enlisted in the Virginia Army National Guard and transferred from Emory & Henry College to Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he studied Computer Science and Psychology. In 2001, Shawn was deployed to Bosnia with the 29th Infantry Division, as an Army Engineer and managed numerous multi-national bridge projects as well as auditing the local Bosnian efforts to reduce post-war land mines. In 2004, Shawn was deployed to Iraq for 12 months with the 2ndInfantry Division. He was awarded the 2004 Engineer Soldier of the Year Award from the 276thEngineer Battalion, the Super Sapper Award and the Combat Action Badge. Shawn is also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars(VFW)

Shawn is the President and CEO of Modern Mechanical, an HVAC, plumbing, generator and solar business located in Ashburn, in the 13th Senate district. Modern Mechanical has grown to 14 employees and more than a million and a half dollars in revenue in under 2 years.

Shawn and his wife Ashley were married in August of 2005 and settled in Broadlands in 2006. They have a 19-month-old daughter Isabella and another child due in late November. Ashley & Shawn attend Mclean Bible Church Loudoun and support numerous charities including the Wounded Warrior Project and Valor Foundation.

Additional organizations Shawn is involved with:

Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce

  • Ambassador committee
  • Partner-in-membership as Modern Mechanical
  • Leadshare member
  • Young Professionals network

Rotary Club of Ashburn

  • Director
  • President Elect for 2011-2012
  • Rally for Ryan co-chair
  • Liaison to Broad Run High School Interact Club
  • Supported numerous local charities including LAWS and Good Shepard

PHCC/PMPV – Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors of Virginia

  • Legislative committee
  • State board meeting

ACCA – Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Team Network and BNI networking
McLean Bible Church, Loudoun