As a college journalist, T.R. Shaw saw opportunity as a U.S. Navy public affairs officer while President Ronald Reagan was building a 600-ship Navy. Challenged to “stay afloat” among peers with more talent, aptitude and experience, the journey became brutally competitive. He eventually left active duty and became a citizen-sailor.
Pursuing a dual career as a Navy reservist and funeral director, he faced systematic and professional challenges. He lost his father and business partner to a quick and unrelenting disease and realized life is short ... that you must pursue your ambitions and talents while you can. He sold a profitable business, taking a risk few are willing to do, and learned from it.