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W&L Law Grad Is Virginia's Business Person of the Year

— by on November 25th, 2009

Shawn Boyer, a 1997 graduate of Washington and Lee’s School of Law, says that “…you can never let your mind go to, ‘What if it doesn’t work?’” And Shawn certainly put that maxim in motion, creating SnagAJob.com in August 1999 and then riding the roller-coaster of good dot-com times and bad to that point that he has just been named Virginia Business Person of the Year by Virginia Business magazine. Of course, in some respects, the Virginia Business honor is small potatoes for Shawn after he was named the Small Business Association’s National Small Business Person of the Year in 2008 and picked up his award from former President George W. Bush, who was about to be out of a job himself. As the Virginia Business article reports, the former president said of Shawn: “I asked him to leave a business card. Seems like I might be looking, after awhile.” After W&L, Shaw practiced law with Brown & Wood LLP (now Sidley Austin, LLP) and Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP, prior to starting SnagAJob.com, which is the largest part-time and hourly job-posting site in the nation. Here’s a link to the Virginia Business Person of the Year story.