2019 Grand Marshall Shawn McLaughlin
Shawn P. McLaughlin, AIF® is the President & CEO of McLaughlin Ryder Investments, Inc. With more than 35 years of investment experience, Mr. McLaughlin specializes in helping individuals, businesses and associations achieve their investment goals through careful and thorough financial planning. Mr. McLaughlin began his career with a major regional brokerage firm where he spent 20 years building his practice. Mr. McLaughlin started his own firm 15 years ago and has owned his broker-dealer for eight years. Mr. McLaughlin earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University and remains active as a mentor to students in Georgetown's business school. Mr. McLaughlin has been active in the Northern Virginia business and civic communities for more than 30 years. In March 2008, Mr. McLaughlin was elected to the Board of Directors of Burke & Herbert Bank, Virginia's oldest bank. Mr. McLaughlin served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia College Savings Plan (VCSP) from 2010 through 2017. The VCSP is an independent state agency that offers and manages Virginia's Internal Revenue Code Section 529 plan offerings. It is the largest college savings plan in the country. In January 2010, Mr. McLaughlin accepted an appointment to the Board of Visitors of the School of Business at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He also served on the INOVA Health System Board of Trustees and is the past chairman of the INOVA Foundation. Mr. McLaughlin was elected as FINRA’s District 9 Small Firm Representative, and he was also appointed to FINRAs Small Firm Advisory Committee. Mr. McLaughlin was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Institute, which represents independent financial advisors and independent financial services firms. Additionally, Mr. McLaughlin serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, where he is also chairman of the Investment Committee. He is also chairman of the Finance Council of the Basilica of St. Mary Parish.
Mr. McLaughlin holds Series 7, 9 and 10, 24, 63 and 65
licenses along with his Virginia Life, Health, and Variable Life annuity
insurance licenses. Mr. McLaughlin has
been a resident of Alexandria for 35 years. He and his wife Cassie have four