Want two words to sum up Shannon McBeath, owner of Las Vegas’s new The Ride Premium Indoor Cycling studio (and not-so-closet fan of TJS nut milks?) “Smart” and with “heart” come to mind (…with a side of great arms, a strong Mommy Gene, admiration for her husband, and a near-insatiable bent toward giving of all kinds). Yeah, we know that’s more than a couple accolades, but while McBeath’s driven by her pretty head and kind ticker, the other wholehearted things about her fall into place…making her the picture of well-roundedness.
Schooled in the fine art of hospitality (and it is an art, dontchaknow), for nearly three decades as a Las Vegan, McBeath has balanced family and health while maintaining a rewarding career she’s now stepping back into. And she’s doing it in a way that honors her crazy commitment to her WHealth™ and wellness, and her dedication to helping others achieve their own goals. That she loves The Juice Standard juice is just a bonus.
Shannon On Shannon
I’ve lived in Las Vegas since…1989.
I can remember when I decided I wanted to start my adult life here. It was…1986. Growing up in Dallas, Texas, I decided I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and pursue a career in the hotel industry. I attended SMU for my first 2 years of college, always with the intention of transferring to University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to complete my bachelor’s degree in hotel administration.
…and what appealed to me about living in Vegas was…one of the best hotel schools in the country!
In my experience, the biggest misconception about living in Las Vegas is…People that aren’t familiar think there is no life outside of the strip. I am insulted while traveling with people’s negative reaction when I mention I live in Las Vegas. I often find myself defending our wonderful community of over 2 million residents!
The thing I secretly (or not-so-secretly) love most about living here is…the weather (minus summer) ☺
If I had to pick a daily mantra or a quote I try to live by, it would be…Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
A favorite Vegas spot that never gets old is…The Cosmopolitan!
If I had to pick a theme song for my life it would be…Happy by Pharrell Williams.
A person who inspires me every day is…my husband (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas CEO Bill McBeath).
…and the way they inspire me is…he’s the most balanced and intelligent person I know.
Something people would be surprised to know about me is…I used to teach Catechism.
Shannon On Work
In my work world this past year...my partners and I founded The Ride Premium Indoor Cycling Studio, but before that I spent 21 years as a stay at home mom and philanthropist.
Let me tell you a little about my background: After earning a degree in hotel administration from UNLV in 1991, I was hired into the Management Associate’s Program at The Mirage. After an extensive 18 months of training in every department, I was offered a position as Leisure Sales Manager. After spending 5 years in the hotel industry, I decided to take on the most rewarding job there is…stay-home mom to two amazing daughters.
What prompted me to open The Ride was…a desire to bring quality upscale boutique fitness to Las Vegas (and to keep busy as a soon-to-be empty nester!).
- A) “I am a kickass bike rider”
- B) “Training wheels are my friend.”
My first business mentor was…my father.
…and this is what I learned from him: Do what you love and it will never be work.
The most surprising thing I’ve learned about being my own boss is…being my own boss!
…and, the thing I’m most proud of is…never giving up on my dreams!
The advice I’d give my younger work self is…you can do anything you set your mind to!
Philanthropy and volunteering are a huge part of my life. Here’s why: For the last 21 years, I have volunteered in various capacities for numerous charitable causes in the community. I have served on the Foundation Board for Opportunity Village for the past 7 years including the executive and nominating committees. Also, I opened the Las Vegas chapter of Shoes That Fit and operated it for 5 years, providing new shoes for needy school children.
The most life changing and rewarding volunteer work I have ever done was…going to Guatemala last year on a mission trip to build a house for a homeless family.
My favorite way to give back to my community is…supporting as many causes as possible with my time and/or financial support. I’m excited to launch The Ride Cares this year: we will be supporting various causes in the community by hosting charity rides throughout the year.
My favorite Las Vegas charities are…Opportunity Village, Stillpoint, Make A Wish, Three Square, Communities in Schools, and Keep Memory Alive.
My advice to someone who feels they don’t have time to donate but they want to do something is…the smallest contribution of time or money can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
Shannon On Health
In my opinion, the biggest change in Las Vegas’ healthy-living scene in the last few years has been…healthier choices for groceries and dining. (But still not enough!)
No matter how busy I get at work, this is what I do to make sure I eat well during the week: Make a healthy shake every morning and cook healthy Paleo dinners as much as possible. Also, I highly recommend Sun Basket organic food delivery.
The fruit(s) or vegetable(s) you’ll always find in my kitchen are…apples, bananas, mangoes, kale, spinach, and peppers.
My don’t-even-think-about-judging-me-guilty-pleasure food is…red wine (it’s a grape right?).
The health habit that gets me teased the most is…my religious 6-day-a-week workout regimen.
The new years’ words of encouragement I’d give someone who is looking to get into cycling (or any other health regimen) are these: Never let intimidation prevent you from trying something new. Get into a routine and stick with it…you WILL see results! Just remember: DIET is 80 percent!
Shannon On Juice
The person who introduced me to cold-pressed juice was…my 21-year-old daughter!
The first time I drank green juice, I thought it was…interesting!
The reason I drink cold-pressed juice today is…for its energy and vitality.
Yes or No: “I love juice so much I make it at home.” YES
True or false: “Making juice at home is a royal pain in the tail.” FALSE
The funniest thing that ever happened to me while drinking juice OR when one of us was doing a juice fast, was… I have done TJS’s 3- day cleanse twice. I’m not sure there is anything funny about going three days without eating, but all I can say is the nut milks got me through it! (BTW…I highly recommend the cleanses and felt great after!)
My advice to a newbee juicer is…try nutmilks first and you will be hooked!