Shawn C. O’Neil is a loving father of three small children and he spends time in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York. Born and raised in a small town in NY, he spent his early days on a farm and explored the rural parts of the state. Shawn was a three-sport athlete in high school and went off to college to play football. After a career ending knee surgery, Shawn enlisted in the US Marine Corps. He spent his time on active duty and as part of a reserve unit while obtaining a Bachelors in Financial Economics degree from Binghamton University.
In his early professional career, Shawn worked in the lending industry with personal production that exceeded $250 Million dollars. He is credited as one of the first to do foreign national lending in a third world country for the purposes of buying U.S. real estate. Shawn also amassed a large real estate holding and worked with a real estate investment trust (REIT). He has held many licenses and certifications over the years, including residential, commercial, business lending, P&C and life insurance, small business management, specialized tax incentives, payments processing, recruiting, sales and marketing, leadership development, business and life planning, mergers and acquisitions, payroll, HR and hiring.
After an eight-year break in the service, Shawn liquidated his businesses and real estate holdings to reenlist in the US Army to serve in Afghanistan as a member of an infantry battalion. During his time with the US Army, Shawn had the distinct pleasure being an explosive K9 handler, his favorite job ever.
Upon returning to the states, he ran his own distribution company and worked on his masters. He earned his MBA in Entrepreneurship through Keller Graduate School of Management with a minor in Accounting. Shawn was quickly recruited into a management role with an industry leading, publicly traded company where he spent three years conducting servant leadership and managing huge teams with a multimillion dollar P&L.
Shawn has recently shifted away from leadership and organizational development to focus on quality of life and personally serving the needs of his lending clients. Shawn is passionate about serving other veterans and has earned a designation as a Military Mortgage Specialist (MMS) and also participates actively with the American Warriors Initiative (AWI), to help pair veterans with service dogs. Shawn’s goal is to be one of the top VA loan officers in the country branded as Mr. Military Mortgage. Shawn is excited to assist his clients to achieve their financial goals!