(1918 - 2014)
Willis Shaw Express, Inc.
Elm Springs, Arkansas
A true innovator in the refrigerated trucking industry, Willis Shaw founded Willis Shaw Express, one of the nation's largest and most successful specialized motor carriers. He began by pioneering the long-haul movement of live poultry. In the 1970s, Shaw merged the firm with the Del Monte Corp. A decade later, Shaw Investors repurchased Willis Shaw Express but later sold the company to Comcar Industries, Inc.
Shaw was instrumental in the development of Beaver Lake. A pillar of the Northwest Arkansas community, he served on many business and civic boards. Willis Shaw Elementary School was named in his honor in 2007.