2 min read July 2022 – Shain, senior executive director for Capital Analytics, shares where he grew up and his experiences with NFL quarterback Cam Newton. Shain also shares his philosophy on life as well as his commonalities with elephants, “Just like an elephant, you wouldn’t want to roll up on me during a safari and wake me up from sleeping!”
Where did you grow up?
I am from Greenville, North Carolina, which is in eastern North Carolina and about an hour and a half from the coast; so, in the summer time I would spend a lot of time at the beach. Greenville is a medium-sized town in North Carolina that is known as a college town. Eastern Carolina College is in my hometown. Both my parents and my sister went there, but I had to go somewhere else to get out of the nest. It is a close-knit community, and I still have friends and family who are living there. I am in Charlotte now, but it is only about a four-hour drive away so I can easily see family and friends.
You worked with NFL quarterback and MVP Cam Newton. What kind of work were you doing for him and how did you get that position?
I worked a lot with Cam. I was pretty much his right hand man. It was a little unorthodox how I ended up in the position. In college I worked as a manager for the varsity basketball team and was also majoring in communications, so I had a good background to work in sports management. When I was about to graduate, I was exploring opportunities and got connected with someone who worked at the agency that represented Cam. At that time they were looking for someone who could work full time for Cam, so I decided to throw my hat into the ring. I made it through the meticulous interview process, ended up getting the job and was with Cam for the better part of eight years. This was right around when he won the NCAA championship and Heisman at Auburn. I was with him every day and we kind of grew up together because we are only six months apart in age. I was constantly traveling with him and helping him with his day-to-day family and business interactions.
What was one of the coolest things you got to experience working with Cam Newton?
We got to go a lot of places and meet a lot of people. In Charlotte, Cam lived in the same building as MJ, so we would run into MJ from time to time. That was pretty awesome considering I grew up an MJ fan.
Where did you go to college, and what was your original plan for your career path?
I went to North Carolina State University in Raleigh. It is only about an hour and a half away from my hometown, so it was far enough for me to be away but also close enough for me to be close to my family. I studied communications and worked for the basketball team, which was a great opportunity because I was always interested in PR and sports. College puts you a little bit out of your comfort zone. I lived in a dorm for a couple of years and was meeting people from all over. You never know who is going to be a great friend and who is going to be someone you only know for a little while; however, I was very fortunate to meet a core group of friends in college that I am still close with today. Even though we all live in different places now, we still get together every summer and rent a house for a long weekend so that we can all catch up with each other. We have been doing it long enough to the point where families and wives understand and allow us to do it. If we tried to start doing it now, I am not sure we would be able to.
What is your favorite thing about working for Capital Analytics?
I didn’t come from a traditional sales or journalism background, so, I would say that the thing I enjoy the most about my role is the diverse types of people we get to work with on a daily basis. To be able to work with key decision makers from all different types of sectors and markets is really the best opportunity that I think you could act for. For me to be able to build relationships with people and learn about what they do in their respective industries, whether that be finance, education, politics, real estate or economic development, is the most rewarding part of my job.
What is your philosophy on life?
From an early age my parents taught me to respect people for what makes them different and that treating people how you want to be treated goes a long way. People can lose sight of that in business when you have your objectives and are trying to get work done, but you catch more flies with honey. Approaching life with a positive outlook is only going to benefit you in the long run, so I try to approach life and work that way. I like to think that I am an eternal optimist. Having hope that if you are going about things with this attitude, things will work out the way they are supposed to. If you are nice when dealing with people, you will have a better chance of getting the outcome you want.
If you were to be an animal, what animal would it be?
I am going to go with an elephant. I am a bigger guy who is 6’4 and elephants are tall, so, from a size perspective that fits. What I do know from watching Animal Planet is that they are social, relatively intelligent, family oriented and loyal, which are all things I like to believe apply to me. Just like an elephant, you wouldn’t want to roll up on me during a safari and wake me up from sleeping!