A native of Utah, Shawn grew up spending as much time in the outdoors as possible on family camping trips, scout camps, hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking and mountain biking. From exploring the backcountry of Yellowstone to the slick rock of southern Utah, the National Parks became a lifelong passion.

While a student at the University of Utah and working as a ski instructor, he began his tourism career in 1988 when hired by a local company to work as a Japanese speaking ski guide. This led to summer time work as a Japanese speaking tour director taking groups to the National Parks & Scenic wonders of the west. In 1990 he was then hired to work as a sales manager for the Japanese market and was promoted to the Director of the Asian Division in 1995 and to Vice President in 2000 where he continued through early 2019 with the primary responsibility of sales and tour design.

Shawn brings 30 years of experience designing custom tours for all types of groups from a few passengers to a few hundred to the Southwest Adventure Tours team. He also brings his passion for the outdoors and scenic wonders of the west and can’t wait to help you and your clients experience them for yourself.