Industry Veteran Joins LAVATEC Executive Team

Posted June 2, 2023 at 1:12 pm

LAVATEC, Beacon Falls, CT, recently announced that Jim Shaw has joined the company’s executive team as vice president and national accounts sales manager. Well known throughout the commercial laundry industry, he is based in Cincinnati and reports to President Mark Thrasher.

Success has followed Shaw during his 40 years in the industry. In the last 10 years as the president of VEGA Systems USA, he expanded the equipment roster and was involved in the redesign and expansion of product lines to address market needs. The result was an aggressive growth in sales.

This followed a 21-year run as senior vice president at Ellis Corp., where he worked closely with the engineering, sales, parts and service departments to expand the product lines and sales support. He plans a similar mission at LAVATEC.

“Mark Thrasher has successfully built LAVATEC Laundry Technology in the United States, and it is an organization with a great reputation,” Shaw said. “It is well established with solid equipment, automated technology and a highly responsive support network. I appreciate being a part of LAVATEC.”

Shaw and his wife, Aljeanne, have been married for 44 years. They have four adult children and four grandchildren who keep them busy during their free time. He can be contacted via email at