Shawn Sanborn

Shawn’s Motivation

“In business you cannot be everything to everyone, I believe you should focus on what you do best.  Recognizing this empowers you to make a difference by doing an extraordinary job. Nothing is more satisfying than completing a transaction knowing you did the best job anyone could do!”


Shawn’s strong work ethic comes from growing up on a dairy farm in NE Ohio. His passion for the restaurant business and education comes from his mother who taught food service and restaurant management.

He started his first retail business in his early twenties.  The business was an immediate success and he opened his second location a year later.  He sold both businesses in 1989 and opened a sports-themed restaurant with the profits.  In June of 1993, he sold the restaurant and later that year founded Sanborn and Company, Inc. and incorporated in 1994.  In 1996 Shawn founded Buckeye Restaurant Concepts in order to purchase three underperforming Buffalo Wild Wings franchises. He sold the businesses in 1998 for a substantial profit.

Shawn is also President of Shamrock Brewing Company, Inc., an award winning restaurant and brewery in Pueblo Colorado. He is also the Managing Member of Shawn Frederick, LLC a small real estate holding company in Denver.

Shawn has successfully sold a wide variety of businesses from quick service to fine dining restaurants, neighborhood grills to nightclubs.  He has assisted independent operators and national companies in site selection, leasing and real estate acquisitions.  As managing broker he has been involved in over $10,000,000 in hotel properties and numerous liquor store businesses sold throughout Colorado.

Shawn is an instructor for the International Business Brokers Association and teaches restaurant sales and valuation classes. He is a nationally recognized industry expert and has served as an expert witness in restaurant/bar business valuation and real estate related court cases.


Career History                  

1994 – Present         Sanborn and Company, Inc., President

2005 – Present         Shamrock Brewing Company, Inc., President

2005 – Present         Shawn Frederick, LLC, Manager

1996 – 1998              Buckeye Restaurant Concepts, President

1989 – 1993              Sanborn Enterprises, Inc. dba Dr, Feelgood’s Sports Bar, President

1986 – 1989              Hubcap America, Owner



Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries (CABI) Founding Board Member, Past President

International Business Brokers Association (IBBA)

Certified Business Intermediary (CBI), Fellow of the IBBA, Instructor and Contributor Course 215

Colorado Restaurant Association

National Restaurant Association

Brewers Association

Colorado Brewers Guild

Pueblo Chamber of Commerce

Denver Metro Association of Brokers (DMCAB)


Fun Facts about Shawn

Played football until the age of 32 but only made $500.

Has had dinner and drinks in hundreds of restaurants in 27 countries, all in the name of research.

Time allowing, he may waive his consulting fee on projects outside of the US, if it is interesting and expenses are covered.

Loves craft beer so he started a brewery.