Leadership

Leadership

Learn more about the people who are leading the way.

The right kind of leaders

For more than 100 years, we’ve been dedicated to doing what’s right. And that commitment starts with our leaders.

Jody Weathington

Head of Information Technology

Jody Weathington started his career at Shepard in 2005 where he has progressed from warehouse associate to logistics and accounting. In 2009, he took over as IT Director. Jody holds Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Managerial Sciences. Jody is the proud father of four children; two boys and two girls.

Susan Hall

Head of Human Resources

Susan Hall is a seasoned human resource professional with more than 20 years experience building and developing the HR function for companies such as GTE Wireless (now Verizon Wireless), Portman Holdings, and Spanx. Hall joined Shepard in July 2015 as VP of Talent, spearheading the development of human asset strategy, implementing human resources policies and procedures, and complying with federal and state regulations related to employment and benefits. Her position is also responsible for the well-being of all associates in connection with safety, benefits, training, performance management and career development. Hall earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Communications from Valdosta State University. When she’s not at work championing for Shepard associates, she enjoys spending time with her husband, twin daughters and Australian Shepard, Indie.

Steve Margos

Executive Vice President, Operations

In winter 2017, Steve Margos became Shepard’s Executive Vice President of Operations, taking on the pivotal role of spearheading Shepard’s industry-leading operations and logistics. Serving various leadership roles within Shepard since 2013, Steve has more than 15 years of event operational experience, including General Manager of the Las Vegas branch where he was instrumental in the branches exponential growth from 2007-2016.

Kevin Bird

Executive Vice President, Sales

With more than 20 years of sales and event industry experience, Kevin Bird’s career has been marked by establishing high-performing sales teams and achieving outstanding results in driving business efficiency and growth in fast-paced markets. He stepped into the role of Executive Vice President of Sales in spring 2018 to oversee the global championing of innovation in sales, marketing, and new product and service deployment with a focus on driving profitable growth and customer satisfaction. In his prior role at Shepard as Vice President of Sales Operations, Bird led the company’s strategy in creating a sustainable infrastructure to increase customer engagement and growth in strategic accounts.

Prior to Shepard, Kevin was with Nielsen Business Media (now Emerald Expositions) where he was Group Show Director for their healthcare portfolio of events.

Frank Villamar

Chief Financial Officer

Frank is a seasoned professional. After receiving his first Master’s degree in accounting from Florida State University, he successfully established himself in the accounting and “start-up” spaces. He earned his second Master’s degree from Emory in 2007, and from there he has held titles such as Controller, Senior Director of Finance, and VP of Finance. Most recently, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Turnberry Innovations. Outside of work, Frank enjoys spending time with his wife and four dogs, traveling, and wine tasting.

Steve Basch

Chief Executive Officer

Steve Basch joined Shepard in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer, leading all aspects of the company’s financial management, including his instrumental role in implementing Shepard’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Shepard in 2016, assuming an expanded leadership role in all aspects of the company.

Prior to joining Shepard, he held leadership roles in financial planning and analysis, operations planning, investor relations, and tax with Price WaterhouseCoopers, Twelve Baskets, and Star Packaging Corporation.

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 board of the Atlanta Convention Visitor Bureau and 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 10 locations nationwide.

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