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 38 years, Shay is a 42x IRONMAN/IRONMAN 70.3 athlete, 4x member of Team USA, ranked top 1% of IRONMAN worldwide past 6 years, and has competed in 13 triathlon World Championships in 8 countries on 6 continents, including the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii (competed at the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Tiberias in Israel). Additionally, Shay is a sponsored triathlete of Newton Running and an inaugural cohort of exceptional service-oriented athletes known as the Mālama Club, long standing members of the IRONMAN Foundation ambassador team. In 2019, Shay was inducted into the 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 16.
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 with the company’s capabilities in payment processing, patient access and patient recovery solutions. 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.
We all face obstacles. Whether physical, spiritual, emotional, or financial, we are all working to overcome a roadblock ahead of us. When Shay Eskew’s roadblock - a splash of gasoline and a lit match that set his body ablaze - came as a child, he had the choice to either succumb to his injuries or to rise above them.
In What the Fire Ignited: How Life’s Worst Helped Me Achieve My Best, Shay shares the trials and tribulations he was forced to face while recovering from his burns and reclaiming his life as an athlete. Despite being told to give up on sports, Shay began training for and competing in IRONMAN Triathlons. By sharing his story, Shay hopes to help those struggling with life to realize the greatest tragedies are often our greatest blessings if we have the faith to stay the course.
We are all facing something; we all have the odds stacked against us in some way. In What the Fire Ignited, listeners should take comfort in knowing others have been there and not only survived, but thrived.