Carl F. Mitchell, Executive Chairman
Carl Mitchell has spent his entire career in the trade show industry, starting with Manncraft in Atlanta in 1971. He was appointed vice president and general manager of GES in 1976, moving up to regional vice president of GES in 1978. Carl purchased Shepard with his then partner, Sherman Wade, in 1982.
Carl has served on the boards of the Atlanta Convention Visitor Bureau, the local boards of the American Red Cross, and the National Kidney Foundation. He was one of the original commissioners representing the convention services companies on the APEX Initiative of the Convention Industry Council. In addition to all of this, Carl has served on the board of the Exhibition Service Contractors Association, acting for two terms as ESCA president.
With Carl leading a tremendous team of dedicated employees, Shepard has grown from a single, Atlanta location to multiple locations nationwide.