“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.
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 Association of Business Brokers (IBBA)
Certified Business Intermediary (CBI), Fellow of the IBBA, Instructor and Contributor Course 215
Colorado Restaurant Association
National Restaurant 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.