Shawn Maile is the Co-Owner of Trek Tours, a unique tour company specializing in nature hikes, offering visitors to Antigua, an up-close and personal hiking experience. He is also the Chief Operations Officer of Caribbean Entrepreneur. A startup purposed on building an entrepreneurial ecosystem and spreading telling the entrepreneurial stories of Caribbean Entrepreneurs.
Shawn has over a decade of experience in banking, tourism, civil service, and small business management and is currently establishing Trek Tours as a brand name for outdoor activity in Antigua.
Shawn hails from the picturesque village of Falmouth, on the south east coast of Antigua. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of the Southern Caribbean in Trinidad followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management from Humber College in Toronto, Canada. As a life long learner, Shawn is constantly seeking opportunities to continuously grow both intellectually and through life experiences.
When he’s not out on the trail, you can find Shawn helping to mold the future of the Antigua’s youths as a Probation Officer in the Ministry of Social Transformation or as a part time lecturer in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management at the Antigua State College.
Shawn’s island upbringing proved to be the driving force behind his first published work titled, "How to Work Six Jobs on An Island." His book brilliantly paints the picture of island life while simultaneously capturing his journey through entrepreneurship. In it, he describes how he became a Pyrotechnician, Tour Guide, and Assistant Restaurant Manager. His book has been nominated for the 2017/2018 Wadadli Pen’s Antigua & Barbuda Readers Choice Book of the Year Award.
In September of 2018, Shawn was awarded a fellowship as the sole Antiguan representation to the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative. This United States Department program was comprised of 250 entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean. The fellowship allowed entrepreneurs from the region to learn from, and be mentored by, entrepreneurs and corporations from twenty different city hubs across the United States. Shawn spent four weeks in Little Rock, Arkansas, learning and networking with established business owners and professionals. During this time, a pitch competition was held as part of the programs’ mandate to help entrepreneurs promote their businesses. Shawn was among the 36 semi-finalists, who successfully advanced to the 2nd round. He represented his company, Trek Tours, and Antigua and Barbuda, as a premier tour company and vacation destination for world travelers.
Shawn credits his successes thus far to his God given desire to make the most out of life and every opportunity presented to him. He also recognizes the positive contribution he has received from family and friends who continuously encourage and support his endeavors. Shawn strongly believes this foundation of love and encouragement has played a key role in his successes to date.
His life mantra is a simple one: Let’s Move The World.