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Our Founders

Shawn Stasko, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Ph.D. in Physiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine

As an athlete, entrepreneur, and an expert in skeletal muscle physiology, Shawn lives and breathes the vision for Sword Performance. Whether you've met him at the west coast office in Denver, trained with him on the field as an athlete, or shared experiences with him at an event, Shawn strives to create an empowering atmosphere. As our Chief Executive Officer, Shawn leads our team of creative minds and industry experts together and has brought the SWORD brand to national recognition in 4 short years. By establishing partnerships with elite athletes and coaches from brands like Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Brooks, and NCAA Division I athletic programs, Shawn has helped solidify Sword Performance as the new gold-standard in sports hydration and fuel.   


Scott Black, M.D.

Co-Founder & President of the Board of Directors
M.D., University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Masters in Exercise Physiology, University of Kentucky

Dr. Scott Black is an icon in endurance athletics. As an avid ultramarathon and trail runner, Scott has been running competitively for over 30 years. His expertise in sports nutrition, training, and race technique compliments his diploma in Sports Nutrition from the International Olympic Committee, a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology, and his career as a professor of sports medicine.  At Sword Performance, Scott leads our product development team and directs our Clean Confidence Program, ensuring the highest quality and PED-free nature of all of our products. Today, Scott also serves as the director of the Physician Assistant Program, the Runner's Clinic, and as a team physician for the University of Kentucky.