ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce has named Scott Shaw 2021 Business Leader of the Year. An Alexandria resident, Shaw will be recognized on Oct. 20, 2021 during the annual Best in Business Awards, presented by Burke & Herbert Bank.
Shaw has contributed to the community as a restaurateur, developer, and philanthropist. For the last six years, he has served as a partner of Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP). ARP operates nine restaurants including The Majestic and Theismann’s Restaurant.
“I am happy to join this club of interesting and varied people,” Shaw told The Zebra. “The chamber has over the years chosen to recognize people of all walks of the business life. So happy to join that club.”
“Scott’s commitment to Alexandria has been long standing and we’re especially grateful for his leadership over the last year and a half where he forged ahead with new ventures and caringly supported his employees,” said Chamber President & CEO Joe Haggerty.
Shaw started his foodservice career in high school with a New York style hot dog cart in Florida. After college, he spent a year with Steve’s Ice Cream before co-founding Austin-based Amy’s Ice Creams. He founded Fishowl – a venture-backed marketing and analytics company for the restaurant industry – and served as its CEO. Fishbowl eventually grew to have more than 150 employees.
Outside of the restaurant industry, Shaw established Founders Hall and co-founded ALX Community. His community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership. In this position, Shaw guides the organization through creation of strategic plans, overseeing the development of the annual budget, and achieving its mission and goals.
In 2017, Shaw founded the Tall Ship Providence Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving Alexandria’s rich maritime history through educational programs and entertainment.
“We are very excited that the Chamber is recognizing Scott this year! It is not a coincidence that all of the businesses, organizations, and initiatives he gives his time to have emerged from this very difficult last year, due in large part to his creativity and leadership,” said AEDP President & CEO Stephanie Landrum.
Dr. Tammy Mann, President and CEO of The Campagna Center, was the 2020 Business Leader of the Year. She was honored at the 2020 Best in Business Awards, a virtual event that took place last fall. The Zebra congratulates her for a well-deserved award and a year of spectacular business leadership.
Grace Billups Arnold contributed to this article.