DATE:  April 16, 2008
CONTACT: Ellen Rossi 361.825.6045; Steve Paschal 361.825.2336
Mike Shaw Honored as 2008 Kirkland Distinguished Visitor by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Business

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Mike Shaw, who built a four-state group of automobile dealerships into one of the largest minority-owned car dealers in the nation, has been named the recipient of the G. Russell Kirkland Distinguished Visitor in Business Administration by the College of Business at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Shaw will speak to students, faculty and the community Tuesday, April 22, at 9:30 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the University campus. Later in the day he will be officially recognized during the annual Honors Luncheon for outstanding College of Business students.

"Mr. Shaw is an outstanding business leader and entrepreneur who built his success on hard work and a high code of ethics, said Dr. Mustafa Abdelsamad, dean of the College of Business. “He is known in Corpus Christi for his personal qualities, dedication, service, and support of the community. He provides a good example for our students and is a special friend to the College of Business and the University. He exemplifies the leadership and personal qualities that this award is represents."

In 1968, Shaw earned his bachelor's degree in Business Management from Texas A&M University in College Station and began working at an automobile dealership while pursuing his MBA. After serving in Vietnam as an officer in the U.S. Army, Shaw lived in Corpus Christi for 15 years before buying an automotive dealership in Denver, Colo. In the past 13 years, he has built an automotive group of seven successful dealerships in Texas, Colorado, Utah and Louisiana. He recently returned to Corpus Christi to open a new Toyota dealership.

Shaw serves on the Texas A&M Chancellors Century Council and is a member of the President’s Council, 12 Man Foundation Board and the Association of Former Students. He has won several awards including the Sol Trujillo National Lifetime Leadership Award from the Latin American Education Foundation and the Martin Luther King Jr. Business Social Responsibility Award. In 2005, he was named “Hispanic Business Magazine” Entrepreneur of the Year. Shaw has also been a generous contributor of money and time to charitable causes, helping raise more than $25 million for community and non-profit organizations.

The G. Russell Kirkland Distinguished Visitor in Business Administration Award was created by friends of the late Mr. Kirkland and the University to honor Kirkland’s distinguished service to the University, Corpus Christi, and South Texas. Recipients of the award are honored for their personal accomplishments as well as for their contribution to the success of students, faculty, the University and the Corpus Christi community. Kirkland was the University’s vice president for development from 1975 through 1978. Prior to joining the University, he was associated with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, Inc. for 35 years.

Previous Kirkland Distinguished Visitor Award recipients are:
2007 - John J. Buckley, founder and managing partner of the international accounting firm Buckley & Associates, L.L.P.
2006- Melvyn N. Klein, managing general partner of GKH Partners, L.L.P., founder, Melvyn N. Klein Interests
2005- Ruben Bonilla, Jr., chairman of the Port of Corpus Christi Authority
2004- Joe V. Elizondo, entrepreneur and sole proprietor, Greenwood Door Company
2003- Bernard A. Paulson, chairman of the board, TOR Minerals International, Inc.
2002- Wayne O. Stockseth, president and CEO, Parts Distributing Company
2001- Michael A. O’Connor, chairman of the board, Hanover Compressor Company
2000- Al Jones, president and CEO of American Bank