Thomas W. Shaver

Thomas W. Shaver

Inducted: 2017

BBA in Business Administration, 1962

Thomas W. Shaver’s career represents a trailblazing path through the automotive industry. Shaver served as Senior Partner at J.D. Power and Associates, directed U.S. operations for Volkswagen and was the inaugural Director of Consumer Marketing at Saturn Corporation. At Saturn, Shaver developed the consumer strategy that launched the brand-new car company.

He began his career with Chevrolet, moving through several field promotions across the U.S. before being promoted to GM Central Office management positions in Detroit. Prior to the launch of Saturn, he served as Director of Merchandising for General Motors Corporation where he spearheaded a two-year study of advanced information technologies, database management, and interactive learning video processes for profit and market share improvement.

A native of Central City, Ky., Shaver earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, where he also played trumpet in the UK Marching 100 Band, and his master’s degree in management from Stanford University.

Click here for Mr. Shaver's video from the 2017 Hall of Fame event.