Many Daemen students credit Lamark Shaw for helping them land their first job.

As director of career services, Shaw helps students build their networks, prepare for job interviews and plot their professional paths ahead. Enthusiastic, friendly, and compassionate, Shaw is also known as an especially sharp dresser.

This spring, his sartorial expertise helped shape the university’s first-ever “Career Closet” event that matched students with professional clothing ahead of the annual career expo.

“When you look good, you feel good – and you’re ready to face what’s ahead,” said Shaw, who is also a longtime manager at United Men’s Fashions, a third-generation store in Buffalo’s Kensington neighborhood specializing in business attire.

Shaw also helped co-found Dare 2 Dream, a program providing personal growth guidance for Daemen students. He’s also board president for Tru-Way Community Center in Buffalo, which provides at-risk youth with meals and after-school education.

“Many students I work with face challenges similar to my own – including being the first in their family to attend college as a person of color,” said Shaw. “If I can make an impact on them – that can be exponential by having a positive effect on the lives of their children and future generations.”