Childhood Burn Survivor, Ranked Top 1% Ironman Triathlete, Best-Selling Author and Motivational Speaker
Shay Eskew Bio
Shay is an All American / IRONMAN All World ranked triathlete, Healthcare RCM strategist, former black bear researcher, burn survivor with scars over 65% of his body, motivational speaker and best-selling author of "What the Fire Ignited". At the age of 8, Shay was set afire by a neighbor's child and credited with saving the life of his 7 year old friend. Despite being told he'd never play sports again, enduring over 37 surgeries the last 39 years, Shay is a 35x IRONMAN/IRONMAN 70.3 athlete, 4x member of Team USA, ranked top 1% of IRONMAN worldwide past 5 years, and has competed in 13 triathlon World Championships in 9 countries on 5 continents, including the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii (competing at the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in St. George, Utah). Additionally, Shay is a sponsored triathlete of Newton Running and an inaugural cohort of exceptional service-oriented athletes known as the Malama Club, long standing members of the IRONMAN Foundation ambassador team. In 2019, Shay was inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame under the Medal of Courage designation and into the McEachern High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Equally impressive, Shay is the proud father of 5 kids under 15.
Professionally, as Chief Commercial Officer of Millennia, a patient payment and patient engagement company, Shay drives the growth strategy servicing regional and national health systems and ambulatory facilities. As someone who spent his entire childhood in and out of hospitals, Eskew has a deep commitment to the healthcare community and the lives they impact.
Shay received a BS (cum laude) and an MBA (finance) from the University of Tennessee. Shay's background is heavily entrenched in finance with 8 years' experience as a CFO prior to getting into Healthcare.