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Shawn Mulchay was born and raised in Camarillo. He carries a deep-rooted interest in both small business and politics, which stems from his family who include a line of successful entrepreneurs in the Ventura County area. A son of two working parents Shawn grew up between his grandparents then donut shop, Donna Lee Donuts (now Rolling Pin Donuts), and his Fathers Cabinet shop, California Designers Choice Custom Cabinetry, both of Camarillo.
Mulchay graduated from CSU Channel Islands in 2008 with a bachelor's of science degree in business administration. During the course of his studies, Mulchay was an avid participant in on-campus student organizations, such as the Associated Students Inc., Student Union Planning Committee, Rotaract Club, Student Fee Committee and more. He was also the managing editor of the Channel Islands View Student Newspaper, as well as the founder and editor-in-chief of university's The Nautical Yearbook.
In 2007, he was hand selected by CSU Channel Islands president Richard P. Rush to serve in the prominent and highly respected Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, where he studied under Leon Panetta, former Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense. He later completed a 3-month internship in Washington D.C. with the office of Hon. Congressman John Campbell (CA-45).
Following graduation, Mulchay founded and oversaw the acquisition of two separate marketing & advertising firms, Adspectrum and Socialmash Media, and was named as Camarillo's 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year. He's also a Rotaract International Paul Harris Fellow.
What is he doing now:
Upon acquisition of Socialmash Media in 2011, Mulchay was hired by Brendan's Irish Pub & Restaurant Group and soon promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Over the last 2 years Mulchay has overseen the expansion of the Camarillo-based restaurant chain to 3 locations, $7.5 million in annual projected revenue, and approximately 200 employees. They aim to grow to 10 locations by 2015.
Simultaneously, Mulchay is in pursuit of a master's degree in business administration at CSU Channel Islands's prestigious Martin V. School of Business.
Why you should watch him:
At only 27-years-old, Shawn Mulchay may possibly be the youngest, most ambitious aspiring businessman in Ventura County. Shawn has a strong desire to put his business acumen to work for the local community and speaks regularly about the need of government to better support small to mid-sized businesses. Shawn has been outspoken about his desire to see more technology and biotech firms encouraged to set-up shop in Ventura County and the need to create partnerships between local governments and Universities to lay the groundwork.
Shawn has repeatedly hinted at his desire to run for office, confident he can bring bold, fresh, and business-sustaining ideas to Camarillo and borader Ventura County. He carries a strong reputation amongst the local business community and has extensive connections with local community groups, organizations, and individuals. He's proven to be a natural speaker, leader, and has shown the capability to see projects through from conception to success. It's joked that the guy never sleeps.
Connect with him via Facebook - fb.com/shawnmulchay