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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

From his athletic background and expertise in skeletal muscle physiology, Shawn embodies the vision for Sword Performance. Whether you've met him in the office, sweat along side him at an on-site assessment, or shared experiences together at an event, Shawn strives to create an empowering atmosphere. As a founder and our Chief Executive Officer, Shawn leads our team towards our goal to shift the expectation of hydration for hard working humans from job sites to stadium lights.


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.