About Joe

In life, it’s rarely about what you attain for self.
Rather, true beauty is measured by your creativity, constructive energy, humbleness, and whom you help.

As a passionate builder of young leaders, Joe often reflects on the endearing A picture of Joe Shakeenab - Motivational Messagingconversations held during his adolescent years as well as his days in military uniform. He enjoys being a retired Special Forces - Green Beret with 28 years of military service. As a Green Beret, he was fortunate to spend 20 years of service with the 5th Special Forces Group.

During his years of military duty, he traveled extensely to the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. He grew accustomed to sacrificing so others may have better opportunities in life. Today, he continues to apply this concept of selfless service, especially when coaching our young adults – the leaders of tomorrow.

Somewhere over the years, he developed a love of writing. From the pages of spilled ink, he shares some philosophical insight on developing as a leader during his years of mental fitness.

Additionally, he takes pleasure in sharing measurable knowledge by mentoring. He conducts training to create growth that elevates individuals, the family, organizations, and aspects of the community. He accomplishes this by implanting tools that are used to effectively cultivate the required transformational skills to excel.


Master’s in Strategic Leadership (with Honors – GPA 3.92), APSU. Clarksville, TN

Bachelor of Science in Public Management. APSU. Clarksville, TN

Snapshot of Current Leadership Engagements & Demonstrated Leadership:

President, Board of Directors, L.E.A.P. Org, Clarksville, TN (2012-2015). Focus on program awareness, public relations, attracting quality volunteers, and increasing funding by 25% annually.

President, APSU Military Alumni Chapter (2014-2017). Clarksville, TN. Focus on building a proactive Chapter and scholarship endowments.

APSU Tower Club member (2013 to present). Focus on fundraising through AP Advancement.

Governors Extended Community Service Award at APSU. April 2014

U.S. Army, Command Language Program of the Year.  2009

U.S. Special Operations Command, Command Language Program of the Year.  2007-2009

U.S. Army Special Forces Staff Officer. 2004-2009

U.S. Army Special Forces Operational Leader. Areas of Focus: The Middle East and the Horn of Africa. 1991-2003