Shannon McGurk is a Roman Catholic husband and father. A career
soldier, Shannon retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States
Army in 2002 to enter corporate defense consulting and build his own
He is a Certified Futurist and Long Term Analyst, a published author,
and a professional speaker. Shannon is also the founder of Authentic
Masculinity, a Men’s Lifestyle project that provides businesses,
organizations, schools, and individuals training and seminars in
maximizing male-female complementarity and efficiencies.
Shannon is fond of saying he has benefitted from the best training in
the world, which he received working for the Army, IBM, Northrop
Grumman, ManTech, GDIT, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the United States
As a soldier, Shannon was an armored reconnaissance officer and
China Foreign Area Officer. He has served in Europe, the Pentagon,
the Intelligence Community, and throughout Asia, notably as an
attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
Shannon returned from 14 months in Afghanistan in June of 2019, which
he describes as the most fascinating, fulfilling professional experience
he has had. Shannon and his family reside in rural Virginia.