Shannon Miles is an adventurous, fun-loving, driven and passionate leader who loves to see personal growth and development in those she leads. Through her successful career as an entrepreneur as Co-Chair and Co-Founder of BELAY, she has been able to design a life she always dreamed of. She and her husband, Bryan, started this premium staffing company in 2010 serving businesses all over the U.S. After 10 years leading BELAY as co-CEOs, Bryan & Shannon appointed Tricia Sciortino as the next CEO of BELAY, allowing them to own BELAY, not run it day-to-day.
Bootstrapping their business with no outside funding, the company has generated over $100M in revenues since its beginning and has exploded to over one thousand team members – all of whom work from home. Without an office, BELAY has graced the Inc. 5000 list five times and was awarded the number one spot in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Best Company Culture and been featured in several top-tier media outlets over the years.
Additionally, outside of BELAY, Bryan & Shannon own a craft brewing company (NoFo Brew Co), and they own an advisory company that helps successful business owners own their companies, not run them (Own Not Run).
Before BELAY, Shannon worked for a decade at a Fortune 15 healthcare company. During that time, she and Bryan decided to grow their family by having children. When Shannon faced an all too common, yet emotional decision to stay home with her new baby or return to a fast-paced, demanding career (that she loved), she knew that there had to be a way to have both. Shannon first asked her boss if she could work part-time from home, and her boss said “no”. She resolved not to accept that initial “no” as final but rather stuck to her convictions and proposed the same plan to her boss’ superior . He said ‘yes’ and she began planning how to make a more flexible schedule and workplace a reality by creating what she calls “The Third Option” – having a career and a family and succeeding at both.
With her personal experience as a driver, the idea evolved for an innovative staffing company where all employees and contractors work remotely from their home office. Bryan & Shannon both gave their notices and resigned from their employers on the same day, October 1st, 2010. They cashed in all of their 401(k)s for start-up capital and over the years, the company has exploded to over one thousand team members, all working from home, pursuing their own Third Option while serving BELAY’s 1,400+ clients.
Shannon also wrote a book called The Third Option: Why a Woman Doesn’t Have to Choose between a Career and Family, but Can Actually Have Both and Succeed, in which she shares how she took a leap of faith to create a flexible career that gives meaning to both her work and her family.
Shannon is passionate about serving others and inspiring them to live fuller, richer lives. She loves investing in budding entrepreneurs as they work to build a business while thriving in their personal lives. Her faith is the foundation for her world view and how she has learned to dream BIG. She lives with her husband Bryan, and their two children, Harper and Rainey, in Atlanta. If they are not working from their porch, you’ll find them splitting time between the beaches on the panhandle of Florida and the mountains of Jackson Hole.
October 1st, 1977
A couple who have stayed together through 6 company launches share their secrets for balancing serial entrepreneurship with a happy marriage
February 14, 2020
5 Secrets for Maintaining a Successful Business (and Marriage)
How this married couple built a thriving business and stayed sane in the process
November 24, 2019
How This Married Couple Built a $100 Million Company Without Killing Each Other
November 13, 2019
Co-CEOs Might Be Increasing, But Do They Mean Twice The Trouble?
November 9, 2017
7 Myths You Probably Believe About Your CEO
August 16, 2017
6 Ways to Show Remote Employees You Care About Them
June 12, 2017
Work Flexibility Is No Longer Just A Corporate Issue
June 11, 2017
Millennial Parents, 5 Tips To Successfully Work Remotely Part-Time
January 25, 2017
Hustle and Grace: Shannon Miles, Co-Founder BELAY, Own Not Run, & NoFo Brew Co
February 27, 2020
Web Advisory: Own Not Run
February 10, 2020
SPI: How to Hire the Right Help and Get More Time Back (without Driving Yourself Crazy)
January 29, 2020
EntreLeadership: Why Your Should Delegate Results, Not Tasks
Episode 325 | June 3, 2019
EOFire: How to do less & be 10x more productive with Bryan & Shannon Miles
May 29, 2019
How She Did That: How She Found Harmony Between Career and Family
Episode 33 | May 9, 2019
Yonder: BELAY’s Shannon Miles
Episode 64 | April 4, 2019
Entrepreneur Hour with Chris Michael Harris: Outsourcing Basics For Early Stage Entrepreneurs
Episode 147 | August 16, 2018
She Did It Her Way: Multi-Million Dollar Revenue Business with Shannon Miles
Episode 270 | June 18, 2018
Building a Story Brand: 9 Ways to Create a Life Where Both Work and Family Can Thrive
Episode 91 | April 9, 2018
The Tech Blog Writer Podcast: Climbing Higher With A Virtual Workforce And No Office
Episode 482 | March 17, 2018
EntreLeadership Podcast: Bryan and Shannon Miles—Virtual Culture
Episode 247 | February 18, 2018
Building a Story Brand Podcast: 5 Surprising Ways a Smart Assistant Will Simplify Your Life
Episode 80 | January 22, 2018
Business Radio X Podcast
November 27, 2017
Recalculating: Todd Graeve. Scooter’s Coffee. Shannon Miles, Belay.
September 26, 2017