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Management Team

Owner/CEO Robert B. "Barry" Shaw, Jr., born in Blytheville, Arkansas, has been a resident of Memphis since 1951. He served in the U.S. Navy prior to receiving an honorable discharge for medical reasons. Mr. Shaw's educational background includes extensive coursework at the University of Memphis. Barry, an energetic, self-reliant individual, has been self-employed for over 50 years. From 1964 to 1974, he owned and operated a small grocery store in Memphis. In 1974, he assumed operation of the Shelby County Jail Commissary, providing various items to inmates housed in the Shelby County Jail. The inmate population has grown over the years from 625 inmates with annual sales of $175,000 to over 2,600 inmates with sales currently at a level exceeding $1.2 million annually. The commissary staff has grown accordingly.

Mission Statement

The Mission of our companies is to be the undisputed leader in the inmate commissary and vending segments of the foodservice industry. This Mission will be accomplished by providing each customer with superior personalized services, value, and products, all backed by impeccable integrity. Through the continuing impact of our company's "HIRE THE BEST-TRAIN THEM WELL-AND REWARD THEM GENEROUSLY" Philosophy, this mission will result in the growth of our customer base, a superior workforce, and a fair return on owner's equity.

Tri-Star History

Tri-Star Food Services, a sole proprietorship, began operation in the spring of 1989 with only one account and two vending machines on location. Since that time, we have been recognized as one of the fastest growing minority-owned businesses in the Mid-South region. Success of this caliber is achieved only through controlled growth and meticulous planning. Robert B. Shaw, Jr., owner and founder of Tri-Star, has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally as an outstanding businessman. Through the direction of Mr. Shaw, his detailed planning and organizational skills, he has become a legend in the vending industry. Although totally blind, Mr. Shaw has become enormously successful and is an inspiration to physically challenged people everywhere. Current business plans include movement into additional regional and national markets.

The Facts

  • More than 7,000 veterans become blind of visually impaired every year.
  • There are over 165,000 visually impaired veterans in the United States, many of whom are not aware of their eligibility for services provided by the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA). For more information, please visit
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