Lewis W. Shaw, II, Chairman and CEO of Jackson-Shaw Company, graduated from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, in 1966 with a BA in Liberal Arts. Mr. Shaw served 7 years in the U. S. Air Force initially as a cryptologist and later as a T-38 instructor pilot. In 1972, Mr. Shaw joined IBM in Office Products sales. In 1974, he joined J. C. Jackson Company as a construction manager and leasing agent. Mr. Shaw purchased the company from the estate following the death of Mr. Jackson. The growth of the company from a small local contractor and brokerage operation has focused on build-to-suit and speculative developments on a national basis. The company has been responsible for the construction or development of over 35 million square feet of commercial space representing a value in excess of 2 billion dollars. The core business of the company is centered on light office, light industrial, office/warehouse and hospitality development.
Mr. Shaw also co-founded American General Hospitality, Inc. in 1980 along with operating partner Steve Jorns. The company went public in 1996 and is now part of Meristar REIT (MHX) and Interstate Hotels and Resorts (IHR). Mr. Shaw continues his activities with several recent hotel developments and investments in Las Vegas, Dallas and Jacksonville.
In 2003, Mr. Shaw was inducted into the North Texas Commercial Area Realtors (NCTAR) hall of fame. He serves on the Wittenberg University Board of Directors and is active in numerous local civic and national aviation organizations.