The Greater Washington Board of Trade has named Foster Shannon its 1985 Man of the Years.

Shannon, a former president of the Board of Trade and president and chief executive officer of Shannon & Luchs Co., will receive the award May 15 at a dinner and tribute from Washington's business community at the Capital Hilton Hotel.

A native Washingtonian, Shannon heads the second-largest, privately owned real estate firm in the country. Shannon & Luchs recorded an estimated $1.3 billion in residential sales last year.

Shannon has been a member of the Board of Trade for 35 years and currently sits on the business group's senior council. He also is a member of the board's federal and Virginia commerce and industry political action committees, a trustee of the Federal City Council and a member of the executive committee of the Washington-Baltimore Regional Association.

Shannon is a past president of the Washington Board of Realtors and was named Realtor of the Year in 1978. He is a director of Suburban Bank, the Community Foundation of Greater Washington, the Washington Dulles Task Force, the Economic Advisory Council of Montgomery County, Heroes Inc. and Second Genesis.

The board of trade has honored outstanding members since 1947 for their contributions to business and the community.