PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

December 19, 2013

Bob Shaw Consulting Engineers named PA Business of Year

Sherry Koonce
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce officials made a short trek across the hallway from their office in the Community Bank Building Thursday to honor one of their neighbors who has been in business continuously for the past 37 years.

Bob Shaw Consulting Engineers was named the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Small Business of the Year.

“You are exactly the kind of business that makes this community what it is,” Conrad Cooper, Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board, said while making the announcement in Shaw’s office Thursday.

Owner Bob Shaw, 74, of Port Arthur, said the award came as a surprise, but one that left him humbled.

“It is a wonderful thing to be recognized,” Shaw said. “I love my work , so it is nice to know it all a success story. Because I have been in the past very active with the Chamber of Commerce in the past, to be recognized by the Chamber makes it perfect.”

To be considered for the award a small business must employ less than 500 people. Shaw’s engineering firm employs five people, he said.

The businesses’ income should not exceed more than $10 million in annual sales.

Shaw has served as chairman of Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce in 1984 and been involved in numerous Chamber committees.

He has also been active in the community. Shaw was trustee for the Port Arthur Independent School District in 1978; director of the Rayburn County Municipal Utility District in 1985; Interim County Engineer for Jefferson County in 1997; and volunteered with local churches, Port Cities Rescue Mission and Exie Simon’s Soup Kitchen.

Sitting at his corner office desk Thursday, Shaw reflected on the many years he has been in the Community Bank Building.

“I was the first tenant of the building in about 1980 when it was First Fidelity Savings and Loan. There was no floor when I first looked at the office,” he said.

Though he’s been in the engineering business going on four decades, Shaw said right now is a good time to be in business in Southeast Texas.

“I think this is an excellent time for people to open a business here with all the refineries and commercial expansion,” Shaw said.

In 2009, Bob Shaw Consulting Engineers transitioned from conventional survey methods to utilizing GPS technology in data collection. Software was implemented which allowed a seamless transition from data acquisition to computer generated plans.

“Utilizing this technology in data collection and software, allowed the company to create automated “field to finish” drawings resulting in benefits of both time and cost savings.

Company engineers handle all phases of the project from inception through design, construction and completing, providing continuity throughout the project and accountability for clients.

Shaw will be recognized at he Chamber’s Annual Banquet in early 2014. The date has yet to be scheduled.

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