James “Jim” Shaw is an Atlanta-area venture capitalist with extensive experience in commercial real estate and private equity investments. He gives back to the communities that support him as a contributor to multiple charity organizations. Jim Shaw also supports the various educational initiatives of the Lovett School.
Serving residents of greater Atlanta since 1926, the Lovett School currently provides K-12 instruction to more than 1,550 students from 11 different counties. In addition to its core mission of educating young people of honor, faith, and wisdom, the Lovett School offers a range of adult and family education opportunities.
Through the Adult and Family Education efforts at Lovett, adults seeking academic enrichment or a way to connect with the community can take courses on a variety of subjects. Net proceeds of the Adult Education Series benefit financial aid programs for Lovett students in need.
Recent courses offered through Lovett’s Adult and Family Education include Say Yes To Improv – The Basics. This class, which ran for three weeks from the end of October to early November, taught participants how to improve listening and collaboration skills through a fun introduction to improv comedy.
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.