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|Kevin Shaw, CFSP|
Profile: Kevin B. Shaw, CFSP
Job Title: Document Control Administrator, Administaff
Stats: Married; one wife (Joy), two girls (Jennie and Sarah), two dogs (Scooby and Spottie), two cats (Touche and Cali), one fish (Goldie)
Education: Fine Arts Major - University of Texas at Austin (1976 - 1979), Commercial Art Graduate - Art Institute of Houston (1981)
How I Got Started: Ended up in Houston in 1980 after leaving a not so promising job as a bartender in Austin. Looked at continuing my education in art at the Art Institute of Houston, but quickly found out that it was too costly. Sat in Houston for a month without a job, got desperate, and applied for work at eight banks and three oil companies in one day. Texas Commerce Bank was the only group to call me back.Started working in the print shop, doing bindery, moved to presses, then to copiers, then to typesetting. After nine months, the current forms designer left, and I was promoted to the position. Started designing forms with pencil and graph paper. Went to the Art Institute at night, (the bank paid for it), and met my wife to be there. In 1987, Forms Management got their first computers and I threw away my pencils and graph paper and never looked back.After twenty years at Texas Commerce/Chase Manhattan Bank I left to start a new adventure at Administaff, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO).
Current Professional Duties: Developing a forms management program at Administaff.
How I Ended Up Becoming a CFSP: Margaret Tassin and Sharon Meisetschlaeger convinced me to study for my CFSP certification. Sharon was the facilitator for the local study group and I talked a co-worker into joining the study group with me. After the 13 weeks, I took the exam, and failed, by 2 points. I vowed to take the exam again and did a self-study program. The second time I took the exam I passed with flying colors.
How Being a CFSP Has Helped My Career: Having the Certification has certainly helped my career. It shows that I have "been there and done that". The general knowledge I have gained has come in handing on a near daily basis. It also looks cool on my business card.
Most Fun Part of BFMA: Watching the exchanging of ideas that goes on constantly, during classes, between classes, during functions, and late at night wherever members gather.
Favorite Book(s): Tolkien Ring Trilogy, Suspense, Sci-Fi, and Adventure
Passionate About: My family, friends, work and art
Personal Statement [Personal and/or Professional]: Wisdom is knowledge, tempered by experience. Live the experience, learn the knowledge, and gain the wisdom.