Meet the PAC Team


Shawn & Katie Karai

Shawn & Katie come to Pensacola with a combined 22+ years of experience in the fitness industry. Shawn was involved in a near fatal motorcycle wreck right after graduating high school which left him in a coma and severely handicapped. His physical rehabilitation at a local gym and strong mindset helped him overcome his disabilities and learn the true importance of health. Soon after recovery Shawn competed in bodybuilding and fell in love with fitness. Katie started her fitness journey in 2015 by competing in women’s bikini where she placed in the top 5 at her first show. She has gone on to compete in several shows and has been nationally qualified twice. Shawn and Katie come to Pensacola with a love for fitness and a passion for helping others live healthier lives. They believe that the health club is a starting point to improve physical, mental and spiritual health.

General Manager

Matt McMillan


Matt McMillan is our General Manager at Pensacola Athletic Center. A self-described “Gym Rat”, Matt says “there is no other place I would rather be!” Matt truly loves helping people reach their full potential and does so by being a student of the industry. He is always researching fitness related issues and looking for ways to improve workouts, exercises, equipment, etc.

After retiring from the Navy in 2013 and moving to Pensacola, the passion he had for health and fitness led him to become a certified Master Trainer with ISSA. He formerly worked at the Pensacola Downtown YMCA for several years and played a large role in the expansion project at the Downtown Y. Looking to continue his growth in the industry, Matt discovered that the PAC had been purchased and was looking to undergo an expansion/remodel project of its own. Recognizing the need for a premier fitness facility on the Southwest side of Pensacola, Matt knew he could be a vital part of its growth and after joined the team soon thereafter. When Matt isn’t working, he loves spending time with his family and…well, yes, working out!!!

Operations Manager

Brooklyn Slatton


Jessica was born and raised here in Pensacola and is arguably the most outdoor person on the team. She is responsible for our member experience and you will always get a friendly greeting from her at our front desk. When she isn’t working at PAC, you can always find Jess on her kayak, or doing something with her fur baby, Chewy.


James Hinkle

James aka Jamie joined our PAC Family in the fall of 2018. He is a Pensacola, FL native and attended the University of West Florida. Jamie’s specialty is strength training and pushing his clients towards maximum potential in their weightlifting abilities. After training locally for several years, Jamie has created his brand ‘Noxas’, focusing on peak results for his clients and the local community. In his spare time, you can find Jamie working out, hanging at the beach, and obsessing with trucks and cars. We love having Jamie as a part of our PAC Team!

Personal Trainer

Shelby Thompson

Shelby was born and raised in Columbus, OH and relocated to Pensacola in the fall of 2019. Growing up in Ohio, Shelby played competitive soccer, which she continues to play here in the Pensacola area. She attended THE Ohio State University with a degree in Animal Science. During her college career, she discovered her deep passion for physical fitness and helping other reach their personal fitness goals. Eventually, Shelby found herself pursuing fitness competitions in powerlifting and did her first bodybuilding competition in 2018. She currently specializes in assisting her clients with strength training, correct form, muscle definition, and weight loss. Shelby believes in helping her clients feel confident in their skin without restriction; it’s all about balance! Whenever she isn’t personal training, you can find her lifting weights, going to the beach, drawing and spending time with her pets and family.

Tennis Pro

George Cobia

George has recently rejoined the PAC Team as our Tennis Pro. With more than 25 years of teaching tennis in the panhandle, George brings a level of professionalism and work ethic to help us build our tennis program. In his spare time, you can find George surfing or on his sailboat fishing.

Get in touch with us

Contact us

7700 West Highway 98
Pensacola FL, 32506

Open 24 hrs for PAC members
Mon - Fri: 8:00am – 7:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 2:00pm

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