Meet Shawn Trautman
Here's where you get to
meet the 'Shawn' behind the Shawn
Trautman. This is the 'who I am' when
I'm not teaching dance so you can learn a bit
about me since I can't tell you in person
during the lesson.
I'm sharing this with you
so you know what type of person you're learning from.
If reading about
my professional background and dance career is what you're looking for, click here - it's
an objective summary of what I've done; whereas
below, you'll find out much more about who I
am. Here goes;
Let's start with family
I'm the father of three wonderful little girls
and a son that absolutely ROCKS! They are all under 10yrs old
and they are a great bunch of kiddos. We
love going for walks, baseball, gymnastics, dancing, shopping, going to the
park, watching movies, making noises, practicing
funny faces, laughing, and getting in trouble from
mom. I vote them the coolest kids ever!
I'm married (just hit the 13 yr mark) to a very talented and fun young lady. Joanna is
not only my wife, but she's my dance partner, a top executive
in our company, a speaker of 5 languages, the #1
chef in our house (by far), and an all-around
What I Love to Do..
I'd be lying if I said I didn't love
going out dancing. I love it all - line
dancing, swing, two-step, hustle, west coast swing,
triple two step... all of it. Not only do I love
the dancing part, I love the social interaction,
meeting new people, getting to dance with others, the
laughing, the exercise, and the music. On a different
note, hanging out with my little ones is something else I
love. Watching them learn and being a part of their
life, everyday, is by choice, and I wouldn't
trade it for anything.
What else? Well, let's see. I'm a huge Starbucks
fan. Somehow, I even learned the lingo this last year
(those of you who've been there know what
I'm talking about). I also love (i.e., passions
of mine) fishing (both freshwater and offshore), baseball,
golf, and watching football on Sunday afternoons. If
given the opportunity I'd most likely choose to
take on a large gag grouper or a tarpon before doing
the others, but I'd settle for any of them
if given the opportunity (doesn't happen often
I'm the kind of guy
I'm the kind of guy that
works hard, plays hard, and really enjoys people. I
listen to all kinds of music but prefer country
(current favorite is Brad Paisley). I drive a Chevy
truck, prefer dancing at clubs over ballrooms, insist
on opening every door I come to, and never ask for a
handout. I'm all about manners and have little
patience for people who are impolite or who make
judgments of others before they know them. Fringe and
loud accessories on the social dance floor make me
smile, but I'd never be caught wearing either.
To me, actions speak much louder than words.
Don't just talk about doing something, do it
& show the world what you're capable of.
The statement "Make me know it!" was
instilled into me long ago and speaks volumes about
those that take the 'road less
Speaking of Business..
I'm the type of guy that people
like doing business with - if they're honest. I am a strong advocate of
making sure customers are taken care of and that my
team surpasses their expectations. Accountability is
critical to my everyday dealings. I have no problem
admitting failures and mistakes and am quick to take
ownership to ensure they don't happen again.
It's the quickest way for me to learn &
and man am I learning a lot! I'm very logical,
structured, and objective and have very little
patience for things that are subjective (including
dance competitions as there's never a clear
'first place' winner & it's a
matter of opinion that can change based on the
judge's mood, indigestion, or political
I'm a lucky guy
I truly enjoy what I do
because of how many lives we touch. I get emails and
letters on a daily basis from folks who share their
stories with me and it's absolutely amazing.
There's never a dull moment in our business and
my team is constantly working on solutions aimed at
making consumer experiences better than any
they've ever experienced. For me, it's
the best fit for a career as it aligns perfectly with
what I like doing most: enriching lives and
making them better.
A great ending
always sums everything up, so here goes. If we
were to meet in
person, everything above would hold true. I'm
passionate about family, doing things right, doing
right to people, and having fun. I'm
hard-working and do everything in my power to create
products that people truly value. Are they perfect?
No, not yet, but hey - I'm just getting
Thanks for getting to know a
little more about me!