Sean MacNeal is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Vice President at HawkGrips. In this role, he oversees day-to-day operations, collaborates with the staff on how to take HawkGrips to the next level, and strategizes with President (and former college roommate) Frank Osborne on future plans, products and business opportunities. One of Sean’s favorite aspects of the job is developing not just relationships, but true friendships with customers.
“Without question, I thrive on the fact that HawkGrips has a major impact on people’s lives,” says Sean. “Knowing that my career makes a difference is incredible. The emails and letters we receive from patients saying that HawkGrips products have made a significant, positive difference in their quality of life makes coming to the office or working long hours easy. Likewise, it’s amazing to hear clinicians tell us that we saved their careers by protecting their hands from the damage caused by extreme fatigue. Being able to actually help people is especially important to me.”
Beyond those sentiments, Sean’s initial reason for joining HawkGrips was seeing the impact that instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) made in improving Frank’s quality of life after years of treatment with other ineffective therapeutic methods.
“I took a risk, initially working for free while the company was getting off the ground and then taking a pay cut from my salary at a previous job, because I knew this was something I wanted to be part of,” Sean reflects.
His prior experience included many years in the financial sector, first specializing in investment strategy and then working for a boutique firm that analyzed and scored select trading. Although this was a fulfilling career for a while, Sean sought a professional role that offered more personal aspects and interaction.
When he’s not focusing on HawkGrips, Sean loves spending time with his family in Long Beach Island, NJ, and watching his two daughters, Delaney and Kiley, play sports.