James S Shaw

Real Estate and Private Equity Investor James S. Shaw

James S. Shaw has established himself as a successful professional in the commercial real estate and private equity investment industries. Based in Atlanta, GA, he began his career as a certified public accountant (CPA) with Arthur Andersen and Company after earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Following his time at Arthur Andersen, James S. Shaw served Duff & Phelps as a specialist in the CMBS Structured Finance Group. Following his time as a construction lender with an international bank located in Chicago, he launched his career as an investor specializing in areas of commercial real estate and venture capital opportunities.

Outside of his professional pursuits with organizations such as Liquid Claims in Old Bridge, New Jersey, and Gvest Partners, LLC, in Atlanta, Jim S. Shaw supports a number of charitable organizations. Some of his favorite charities are Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Atlanta public school system.

Projected Commercial Real Estate Trends for 2016

Primestone Properties principal James (Jim) Shaw is a financial and real estate professional based in Atlanta, Georgia. Jim Shaw and the firm at Primestone Properties develop and acquire high-end commercial real estate in Atlanta and elsewhere throughout the South with a focus on mixed-use buildings and multi-family communities.

Experts in the commercial real estate industry are predicting several trends for 2016. As in the previous year, the tendency toward global urbanization is projected to continue, with demand for mixed-use buildings increasing in both the city and the suburbs. This urbanization trend also necessitates the development of more large-scale office buildings and housing options.

Due in part to the global urbanization trend, retail properties will decline further, with developers opting to invest instead in mixed-use options. Multifamily buildings, senior and student housing, and single-tenant industrial properties may be among the only sectors to see supply growth. Additionally, the popularization of LEED-certified building practices is expected to grow alongside a new building initiative called the WELL Building Standard.

Commercial office spaces that comply with WELL standards will feature amenities which promote the wellness of its tenants through a specific set of performance requirements. WELL-certified buildings will need to meet standards in the categories of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.

Philanthropist Jim Shaw Supports Atlanta Ballet

James (Jim) Shaw is a private equity and commercial real estate investor in Atlanta, Georgia. One of the many philanthropic pursuits championed by Jim Shaw is Atlanta Ballet.

Nonprofit performance company Atlanta Ballet has a history of teaching and entertaining the community. Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is the official ballet of the state of Georgia.

The dance company performs original works and classics at its two venues, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and the Fox Theatre. Upcoming events include productions of Firebird (April 14-16, 2017) and Camino Real (May 12-14, 2017).

The Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education has three locations that offer classes for both young dancers and adult dancers. With more than 1,200 students aged 2 and up, the Centre for Dance Education has opportunities for every skill level and age group. For information about upcoming events, available classes, and volunteer opportunities, visit www.atlantaballet.com.

Atlanta’s Lovett School - Experienced in Teaching the Arts

Based in Atlanta, Jim Shaw is an accomplished investor, having facilitated startups that have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues. James Shaw is also an active philanthropist in the Atlanta area. One of the institutions Jim Shaw supports is the Lovett School.

The Lovett School opened in 1926, and now strives to provide K-12 students with a grounding in critical thinking and creativity. More than 90 percent of the student body participates in the school’s fine arts programs, which are taught by some 50 faculty members who are all experienced artists.

Courses cover a wide range of subjects, from painting, sculpture, and photography to theater, chorus, and dance. Private music lessons are available for voice as well as piano, guitar, and many other instruments.

In addition to classes, fine arts students bring their skills to the public, taking part in concerts, recitals, plays, and school performances. Additional venues include festivals and contests. In 2015-16 Lovett students participated in four major events, earning some 18 awards and nominations for eight groups.

Lovett’s campus includes gallery spaces for art exhibitions, two theaters, practice facilities, and a recording studio.

Atlanta Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

James “Jim” Shaw is a commercial real estate and private equity investor based in Atlanta. In addition to his professional endeavors, Jim Shaw is interested in alternative energy. Recently, Atlanta approved a resolution to rely 100 percent on energy from renewable resources.


On May 1, 2017, Atlanta joined 27 other American cities in a commitment to only use energy from renewable resources by the year 2035. Within the next 10 years, the city has committed to providing energy from renewable resources to power all municipal facilities such as schools, libraries, and firehouses. By embracing cleaner energy, city officials believe that jobs will be created, air and water quality will be improved, and utility bills will be lowered.

The resolution represents a growing movement among larger cities to embrace alternative energy. It builds upon efforts already embraced by the City of Atlanta. In recent years, the city has installed solar panels on 28 municipal buildings and has made it easier for others to install such panels by streamlining the permitting process. The city also has mandated that buildings that exceed 25,000 square feet monitor their energy use. Outcomes that are gleaned from the monitoring process have been shown to decrease overall energy usage.

The city’s Office of Sustainability will develop a plan for implementation, set milestones to measure progress, and analyze the associated budgetary elements and the financial impact of the resolution.

Atlanta Ballet Hosts 19th Annual Corps de Ballet Kick-Off Luncheon

A graduate of Northwestern University’s MBA program, James “Jim” Shaw works in commercial real estate and private equity in Atlanta, Georgia. Jim Shaw supports several nonprofit organizations in the city, one of which includes the Atlanta Ballet.


Founded in 1929, the Atlanta Ballet remains committed to sharing the power of dance with audiences. It is one of the premier dance companies in the United States. In 1996, it opened the Centre for Dance Education, which supports young dancers and adults. Each year, the center serves more than 150,000 people living in the metro Atlanta area.

To help raise money for its programs, the ballet organizes several fundraising events throughout the year. One of these special events is its annual Corps de Ballet Kick-Off Luncheon and Fashion Show. The 2017 event occurs on October 2 at The St. Regis Atlanta. This 19th annual event is in conjunction with the Neiman Marcus The Art of Fall Fashion 2017 Runway Presentation. Accompanying the fashion show will be a choreographed runway piece from the ballet’s dancers. For more information, visit www.atlantaballet.com.