C-Suite: Brian Shaw

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Class of 2017 C Suite Brian Shaw CEO/Principal Sage Partners

Achievements: Oversees brokerage operations of a firm that manages more than 4 million square feet of commercial real estate; has led development of more than $150 million in commercial real estate projects; member of several boards including Legacy National Bank and Fayetteville Public Education Foundation.

What is it that drives you in your career? The tangible aspect of commercial real estate and the challenges the industry offers. It provides those of us in the business with an opportunity to see the positive results of our work as you drive around the area.

What has been the most fulfilling moment of your career thus far? Seeing others in our company succeed and have success.

What one word best describes you? Most people would probably describe me as calm or easy going. In reality, the calm only extends a short distance. It’s most likely just the eye of the hurricane spinning around me.

What was your first job? When I was 15 years old I worked in the truck shop at Willis Shaw Express, the trucking firm my grandfather founded and my father ran for several years. I went home each day covered in grease, but enjoyed helping the mechanics and getting to drive the big trucks from the back lot into the shop.

What’s something interesting about you that people would be surprised to learn? Once a year, I take a backcountry motorcycle trip out west. A group of friends spend a week riding the back roads and trails across Colorado and Utah.