In addition to being the CEO of Cannon Clay, Shane also operates Antler Ridge, his private family office, and is a partner in a Chicago IL based multi-family office/ private equity firm. He started his career in the independent retail industry and transitioned to corporate retail where he found himself in an executive role with a Fortune 50 retailer. He used the knowledge gained in this consumer centric environment to lead two international multi-brand consumer products conglomerates. Shane has extensive experience in the outdoor lifestyle, sporting goods, apparel, and fitness industries. Additionally, Shane has lead world class manufacturing facilities and supplied products to the automotive and medical industries as well as the US Military. As an investor and portfolio manager Shane has identified companies for acquisition and piloted the due diligence process.
The multi-family office operates as TNE Management and has holdings in manufacturing, infrastructure, consumer goods, hospitality, commercial real estate, technology, and consulting. During the TNEM portfolio buildout Shane was focused on sorting through opportunities and focusing on those that not only needed capital but also could benefit from a strategic relationships. Shane specializes in business development, strategic management, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, negotiations, multi-generational companies, infrastructure creation, and brand revitalization.
He obtained his MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School in Manchester, England, studied towards his Doctor of Business Administration at Fox School of Business, Temple University and is currently pursuing his PhD in Public Policy at Liberty University, Helms School of Government. Shane obtained his Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Sigma Certifications from Villanova University.
Shane is a Board Member for Vertigo and True North Enterprises. He serves as Strategic Partner to Integrated Strategy Group.
Shane is married to his best friend, Stephanie. They have two sons, Michael and Easton and two grandchildren, Hayden and Grayson. Shane and Stephanie currently reside in Chicago, IL.
Jeff grew up in a small southwest Mississippi town but a successful sales and management career brought him to much larger towns like San Diego, San Antonio, and Chicago. He currently resides in small-town Mississippi again, but his (and his family’s) bags stay packed.
Jeff has a JD from Mississippi College School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Mississippi, Illinois, and Louisiana. His diverse legal experience includes real estate litigation and transactions, securities law regulatory compliance, defending government entities and officials, and capital formation. He has also had hands-on experience at launching a start-up, choosing and mentoring salespersons and executives, and heading the turnaround of a distressed consumer products company.
Jeff loves speaking to anybody that will listen, and with a good interpreter who understands deep southern English, he can be an effective communicator.
Heath currently also serves as a Senior Advisor to BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s most respected law firms.
Heath has a unique and distinguished career as a Fortune 250 corporate executive, a Member of Congress, a successful business entrepreneur, and as an NFL quarterback. He is a well-known strategic communications professional and inspirational speaker on topics ranging from leadership, crisis management, government relations, policy development, analysis, and advocacy.
Heath served as the SVP, Federal Governmental Affairs for Duke Energy Corporation where he structured a successful government relations program for the company’s diverse business units. He managed a team of Directors engaged in policy development, analysis, advocacy, and strategic planning. He also identified and leveraged trade associations, coalitions, third-party allies, and consultants to favorably affect legislation and regulations.
As a Member of Congress from the 11th Congressional District in North Carolina, Heath was the Democratic Caucus Senior Whip, National Prayer Breakfast Co-Chair, Blue Dog Coalition Administrative Co-Chair and Coalition Whip, Co-Chair of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Caucus, Founder and Co-Chair of Professional Sports Caucus and Founder and Co-Chair of Gateway Caucus for communities around National Parks. He served on various Committees: Budget; Small Business; Transportation and Infrastructure; Natural Resources and was Chairman of Subcommittee on Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade. Heath worked on the 2008 Farm Bill and the 2010 Dodd- Frank Financial Reform Legislation Conference Committees.
His entrepreneurial expertise includes real estate, property development and management as well as directing innovative patent-winning technology and software as the CEO of My Health Card. Heath is a sought-after speaker, covering inspirational to leadership topics for corporations such as Dish Network, Walmart Corporation, U.S. Cellular, Marsh & McLennan, MasterCraft Boats, Toyota and Hyundai. He hosted the “Sunday Sports” Talk Show and “Football Finals” Talk Show on WIVK Radio in Knoxville, TN.
Heath was an NFL quarterback for the Washington Redskins, where he was in a first round, third pick overall in the 1994 NFL draft. Heath was named team captain of the New Orleans Saints and also played for the Oakland Raiders. He had a standout collegiate career as a quarterback at the University of Tennessee, where he was honored as the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, the SEC Football Player of the Year, and a Second Team All American. In 2009, Heath was inducted as a SEC Legend.
Heath holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
He is a Board Member for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Political Affairs, Eblen Charities/Heath Shuler Foundation and Friends of the Smokies. He previously served on the boards of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, University of Tennessee Athletic Board, Boys & Girls Club of America and United Community Bank.
Heath is married to his high school sweetheart, Nikol. They reside in Asheville, NC and have two children, Navy, who attends Christ School, and Island, who is a student at Carolina Day School.