Shawn Pomrenke is one of those dodgy characters that seemingly every reality TV series has. A regular cast member of Bering Sea Gold, Shawn is the son of the veteran gold digger, Steve Pomrenke. Over the years, Shawn has been arrested for more than one DUIs. In one of those incidents, Shawn was caught without his court-assigned car breathalyzer. While the man has not been involved with the law since 2013, people still tend to doubt Shawn’s ingenuity in handling his father’s business. After all, Steve Pomrenke is one of the most successful gold miners in the entirety of the show. This was just one of the facts about Shawn Pomrenke, stick around if you want to know more about the man.
Shawn Pomrenke, a TV personality, a gold miner, and an entrepreneur, was born in Minnesota, United States, on March 26, 1975. His parents are Steve Pomrenke, a mechanic, and Catherine Gray. He has two siblings: Erick Pomrenke, his older brother, and Nikki Pomrenke, his younger sister. Shawn and Erick grew up in Minnesota until 1986, when their father got a job in Nome, Alaska. The family moved there and welcomed Nikki the same year.
After starting formal education in his hometown Shawn continued in Nome Alaska where he attended Beltz High School. He started working with his father in gold mining when he was 14 years old and learned mechanical skills from him. Shawn did not bother to complete high school as he dropped out after finishing 11th grade.
Career and Progression:
While Shawn did get into gold mining through his father we can not take anything from his passion and commitment to the profession. Shawn is the co-owner of Christine Rose Dredge. He runs his gold dredging operations through Pomrenke Minning LLC, a company based in Nome, Alaska. He has been successful and lucrative in his gold mining operation. He has had multiple close calls and near-death experiences while mining gold under the ice, but he enjoys the thrill and challenge of his job.
Even though the pair achieved success under Steve’s leadership, Steve is always nagged by the fact, of whether or not Shawn would be able to keep the family business afloat when he’s no longer around. The two men have completely different personalities and business styles. For all his drawbacks and differences, Shawn has emulated the success of his father. The pair have hauled in millions of dollars worth of gold from the area surrounding Nome. For now, the family business is in safe hands and may be in better hands. Not to mention the fact Shawn landed the title “Mr. Gold” from fellow professionals after collecting most golds during a season.
Bering Sea Gold:
Even though Shawn had a long history of gold mining, he gained fame after appearing on the reality TV show “Bering Sea Gold,” a reality TV series that follows various crews of gold miners who operate on the Bering Sea near Nome, Alaska. The show features various gold miners including Emily Riedel, Kris Kelly, Vernon Adkison, Zeke Tenhoff, and others. Shawn joined the cast of the show in 2012 as a deckhand in Christine Rose. The show has aired 15 seasons as of 2023 while Shane has made over 63 episode appearances. Some of his highlight from the show includes:
He has been involved in a fistfight with Andy Kelly at the harbor in Nome over mining locations and claims. The fight resulted in blood, bruises, and a 911 call.
He has performed a heroic rescue of a boat in danger during a Bering Sea storm in 2021. He towed the boat to safety and saved the lives of the crew.
He has had multiple close calls and near-death experiences while mining gold under the ice. He has faced equipment failures, ice cracks, and low oxygen levels.
He has been ambitious and confident in his gold mining goals. He has planned to build a mega dredge that can mine more gold than ever before.
He has been ambitious and confident in his gold mining goals. He has planned to build a mega dredge that can mine more gold than ever before. He has also competed with other miners for the best claims and locations. Some examples are Season 10, Episode 1, “Enter a Titan”, Season 11, Episode 1, “Double Down”, and Season 12, Episode 1, “Dawn of the Dredge.”
He has been successful and lucrative in his gold mining operation. He and his father have run one of the most successful dredges in the fleet and have mined thousands of ounces of gold. Some examples are Season 2, Episode 10, “And No More Shall We Part”, Season 8, Episode 10, “Jackpot”, and Season 9, Episode 10, “Gold Fever.”
Shawn has also appeared in its spin-offs Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice (2012-2014, 18 eps), and Bering Sea Gold: After the Dredge (2012, 2 eps). Also, reality television actors doing crossover is not unheard of as Shawn appeared in one episode of “Gold Rush: The Dirt” in 2020. Likewise, Alaska the Last Frontier star Jane Kilcher who is the wife of Atz Lee Kilcher and daughter-in-law of Atz Kilcher, joined Emily Riedel’s crew on her ship “The Eroica” during season 15 of Bering Sea Gold which premiered on December 6, 2022.
Shawn has had his fair share of troubles with the law. In 2013, Shawn backed into someone who was grocery shopping. But instead of stopping and helping them, Shawn gave a thumbs up and drove away. When the police finally managed to catch up with Shawn, he was heavily intoxicated. He was charged with a DUI, failure to return to the scene of an accident, third-degree assault, and driving without insurance. A few years prior, Shawn was involved in a fight at the bar, which resulted in him getting stabbed. But for all his drawbacks, Shawn is always ready for a photo with his fans and is constantly interacting with them.
Shawn Pomrenke has an estimated net worth of USD $3 Million as of 2023.
First Marriage and Divorce:
Shawn Pomrenke was married to Jeanette Pomrenke who is his first wife. The couple lived in Nome, Alaska, and together gave birth to two children Dylan Pomrenke and Emily Pomrenke. Jeanette is an Alaskan native who cares deeply about protecting the natural resources that the local people rely on for their livelihood. She also worked for the National Preserves in Alaska, starting as a park ranger for the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve and eventually becoming its superintendent. Jeanette now uses the name “Jeanette Koelsch”, but it is unclear if that is her maiden name or her new married name.
Second Wife & Divorce
Shawn is notoriously known to dodge personal questions during interviews. Getting out of his comfort zone Shane let the world know he was engaged to Jenny Schield. In 2012, Jenny appeared as Shawn’s fiancee during “Bering Sea Gold” season 1 episode 2 entitled “One Bad Deal.” Later the couple tied the knot. In the years together, the couple had a son Luke Pomerenke. Even though the early signs looked promising the relationship ended on a sour note. The couple went to divorce and co-parent their son Luke.
Moving on with a new girlfriend
Burying the hatchet, Shawn quickly moved on with life. Shawn is now in a relationship with Monica Gomez. The couple is seen visiting various places in Alaska and looks comfortable around each other. For now, Shawn has yet to share his marriage plan with his girlfriend.
Shawn Pomrenke has pale brown hair, bright blue eyes, and is well-built. He is 5ft 6ins (167 cm) tall and has a casual and rugged style. He often wears jeans, T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, and hats. He also has a gold chain around his neck and a watch on his wrist. He sometimes wears sunglasses and gloves. His beard is usually trimmed and his hair is short and spiky.
He is known as “Mr. Gold” for his success in finding gold in the Bering Sea.
He has a Facebook page where he posts photos of his gold mining adventures, his family, his friends, and his dog. He has over 19K followers as of April 2023.
He enjoys fishing as a hobby and sometimes posts photos of his catches on social media.
He has three children from two marriages: Dylan, Emily, and Luke. He loves spending time with them and often takes them on his gold mining trips.