ENID, Okla. — James Shaughnessy, master tennis pro, certified strength and conditioning specialist and businessman, is all about movement.
And when he came up with his idea for a business focusing on sports biomechanics, he needed someone to help move that idea along.
That’s when he turned to the James W. Strate Center for Business Development at Autry Technology Center.
‘Off the charts’ support
Shaughnessy’s business, SCiO 3D Sports, has been housed at the Strate Center for the past year and a half. The center helps fledgling businesses get a start by providing space, access to business equipment and advice. Successful applicants can operate out of the Strate Center for three years, with rent beginning at a lower-than-market rate and increasing each year. Besides supplying space, the center offers clients internet access, copiers, printers, scanners, software, furniture and office equipment, as well as advice from resident experts and networking opportunities afforded by the center’s affiliation with Autry Tech.
“Its unbelievable,” said Shaughnessy, who also serves as director of tennis at Oakwood Country Club. “The support you get here is just off the charts. Pretty much anything you need, Brian (Gaddy), Devon (Toland), Cara (Carson) and Paula (Loesch) will get for you.”
Shaughnessy, who has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Oklahoma Baptist University and a master’s degree in sports science from the United States Sports Academy, at first envisioned his business as being strictly centered around three-dimensional motion analysis for athletes. But circumstances changed.
Shaughnessy’s mentor, former Olympic discus thrower and exercise scientist Gideon Ariel, became ill and was looking for someone to manufacture his ACES (Ariel Computerized Exercise Machines) equipment, so…