Thomas A. Kershaw, Chairman of the Hampshire House Corporation, has been the dynamic force behind the growth of the Hampshire House since 1969 when he purchased the property. Kershaw's vision and energy have enabled the Hampshire House to retain its original grandeur while accommodating Bostonians and tourists for special events, private parties, weddings and corporate functions. Just after he purchased the property, he installed the authentic English style Bull & Finch Pub in the basement of the Hampshire House.
In 1981, Hollywood came to Boston and found Kershaw's distinctive pub in the heart of historic Beacon Hill. Since then, this neighborhood pub has become a landmark on the map of Boston — the inspiration for the setting of the TV series Cheers.
With the changing landscape of Boston and the expansion of the Hampshire House Corporation to include 75 on Chestnut, a bistro at the base of Beacon Hill, a Cheers at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and 75 on Liberty Wharf, Kershaw continues to expand his role in support of the community.
Recognized for his contributions within the restaurant and tourism industries, Kershaw has received numerous awards and distinctions including Restaurateur of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year Award (Project Triangle), Massachusetts Tourism Leadership Award and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award given by the Boston Minute Man Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Trade & Tourism Associations: Kershaw was the Chairman of the Board for the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau for eighteen years. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Restaurants Association and was its President from 1992- 1993. Kershaw has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association and served as its Chairman from 1997-1998. Kershaw also gives his time freely to help promote tourism in Boston by serving as Chairman of the Freedom Trail Foundation, now Chairman Emeritus, and as Chairman of the Governor's Advisory Council on the Visitor Industry. Nationally, Kershaw served on the board of the United States Travel & Tourism Administration, 1989-1996. Kershaw also has served as Chairman of the Technology Committee of the White House Conference on Travel & Tourism, Policy Committee of the Travel Business Roundtable, Executive Committee of USTMO (United States National Tourism Organization) and Executive Committee of TIA (Travel Industry Association of America).
Civic and Philanthropic Affiliations: Kershaw is a member of the Board of Directors of the Spirit of Adventure Council / Boys Scouts of America and is Chairman Emeritus of the Beacon Hill Business Association. He also serves on the Board of Bunker Hill Community College Foundation.
Education Background and Distinctions: After earning degrees from Swathmore College 1960 and Harvard Business School 1962, Kershaw was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Johnson & Wales University in 1996.