Atlanta Botanical Garden
A resident of Atlanta, Georgia, James “Jim” Shaw works in private equity and commercial real estate. Jim Shaw remains a strong supporter of several area organizations, including the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Named by USA Today as one of the top 10 botanical gardens in the country, the Atlanta Botanical Garden opened for visitors in 1976. The gardens have two locations, one in Atlanta and the other in Gainesville. Since it opened, the Atlanta Botanical Garden organization has sought to develop and maintain plant collections for patrons to enjoy and learn about.
During the year, the organization hosts a variety of events to encourage the public can enjoy the plants and grounds. One such event is the Fall Woodland Ramble Arts and Crafts Market, scheduled for October 7, 2017, at the Gainesville location. This Saturday-afternoon event lets people browse arts and crafts made by local artisans. Many of the items are nature-themed and made of upcycled materials. Afterward, attendees can enjoy food provided by food trucks and walk through the gardens.
Children’s Christmas Parade
Since receiving degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Northwestern University, Atlanta resident James “Jim” Shaw has dedicated his career to endeavors revolving around commercial real estate and private equity investments. Aside from his professional responsibilities, Jim Shaw supports several charitable organizations, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Each year, the Children’s Christmas Parade kicks off the holiday season in Atlanta and provides funds for the hospital.
On the second Saturday of every December since 1981, the Children’s Christmas Parade has traveled down Peachtree Street, delighting thousands of spectators. The parade features decorative floats, marching bands, and giant balloons. The highlight of the parade is the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in their sleigh, symbolically ushering in the holiday season.
For over 25 years, the Distinguished Clown Corps has participated in the Christmas parade, bringing joy and laughter to spectators. The Clown Corps consists of a group of businessmen who exchange their suits and ties for brightly colored costumes, fuzzy wigs, and face paint, in an effort to earn money for the hospital. Over the years, executives participating in the Clown Corps have earned over $1 million for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Many families also enjoy participating in Breakfast with Santa prior to the parade. Hosted at the Four Seasons Atlanta Hotel, the breakfast features a buffet, crafts, and a personal visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus before they leave for their official parade duties.
Commercial Property Investment
Atlanta native James “Jim” Shaw is the founder and chairman of Primestone Properties, a company focused on commercial property investments. With ventures in both the acquisition and development of commercial real estate, Jim Shaw and Primestone Properties work to provide residential, office, and mixed-use real estate across the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Primestone recently developed Milton Park, a mixed-use property with 462 residential units and more than 100,000 square feet of office and retail space in the north Fulton County area. This development was honored with the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Development of the Year” award and named “Mixed-Use Development of the Year” by the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Another Primestone development, One Vinings Mountain, houses 156 units in an upscale condominium tower. With its luxury amenities and elevated view of Atlanta’s skyline, this property was given the National Association of Home Builders’ “Best in American Living” award as well as the Urban Land Institute’s “Development of Excellence” award.
Green Energy Technology
A commercial real estate investment professional from Atlanta, Georgia, James “Jim” Shaw has served as a principal in Primestone Properties in Atlanta and a construction lender for a large international bank in Chicago. One of Jim Shaw’s personal and professional interests is alternative green energy.
While most scientists agree that humanity’s reliance on traditional fossil fuels must eventually come to an end, they have yet to identify a single source of green energy that can replace these fossil fuels using the technology that is currently available. However, new research and development studies in the energy field are driving innovation in some surprising directions.
A publication dedicated to covering future energy technology, AENews has reported on several advancements that might make current forms of renewable energy more practical. For example, inventors have recently developed kite-like airborne turbines that can be used to create flying wind energy farms. Innovations in the field of solar energy include the creation of solar-biogas collectors that are shaped like giant tulips. The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) is employing massive satellites that gather solar energy while orbiting the earth. JAXA plans to transmit energy wirelessly from these orbiting satellites by 2030.
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (PRUMC)
Investor James Shaw of Atlanta is a principal of Primestone Properties. In that capacity Jim Shaw is involved in venture capital and commercial real estate. As a philanthropist, he has donated over $20 million to good causes in the Atlanta area.
One of Jim Shaw’s charitable recipients is the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (PRUMC). Among other things, its multi-generational congregation dedicates itself to gathering money for community service.
During Lent, PRUMC asks its members to set aside a daily offering to be presented on Sundays. On Easter Sunday, these funds go to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, thus aiding construction of new homes. On Mother’s Day, PRUMC donates to the Wesley Woods facility. In this way the church helps with housing and healthcare for senior adults.
PRUMC’s summer camp benefits the next generation. The camp gives homeless youth a chance to enjoy recreation and also supplies swimsuits, shoes, and clothing. For the beginning of school, PRUMC each fall distributes 2,000 backpacks to students living homeless or in shelters. Each pack is stocked with new supplies. PRUMC’s Children’s Sunday collection goes to the United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur. Its mission is to comfort and counsel children in harm’s way.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, as chairman and founder of Primestone Properties, a commercial real estate and private equity investment firm. James (Jim) Shaw also stays active in his community as a sponsor of several humanitarian and arts organizations, such as the Atlanta Ballet.
A mainstay in the Georgia community since 1929, the Atlanta Ballet has developed into one of the leading dance companies in the nation. Between a regular schedule of performances and the Centre for Dance Education, the ballet group is kept busy providing entertainment and learning opportunities to the community year-round.
The Atlanta Ballet will present three productions on May 20-22, 2016, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. In its Atlanta premier, El Beso by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano will open the three-day event, followed by Classical Symphony by Yuri Possokhov. Guggenheim fellow Andrea Miller will close the weekend trio by presenting the world premiere of her latest creation. For ticket information and venue directions, visit www.atlantaballet.com.
James (Jim) Shaw is the co-founder and owner of JBREM, a patented althletic apparel company. Outside of his professional life, Jim Shaw is a supporter of the pediatric clinical care provider and nonprofit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Along with providing advanced medical care to children and teens, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta sponsors a campaign called Strong4Life. The movement is designed to conquer childhood obesity through programs that encourage everyday wellness in children and their families.
Families who become involved with the Strong4Life program gain access to resources and treatments to help facilitate the lifestyle changes necessary for better health. At the week-long Camp Strong4Life, children afflicted by weight problems find support among peers with similar struggles while participating in outdoor activities like ziplining, swimming, and healthy cooking competitions.
Children who struggle with weight issues that require medical intervention can find the tools they need to get healthy at the Strong4Life Clinic. Professionals at the clinic assist families in designing nutrition plans, assessing a child’s medical conditions, and providing mental health support.