Our People

As a fourth generation, family-owned business, Shepherd Color is a company of people who brighten the lives of those on whom our work has an impact, specifically, each other, our families, our customers, our suppliers, our shareholders, and our community.

Our willingness to go the extra mile for the sake of building trust, maintaining confidentiality, and nurturing long term investments and relationships with employees and customers alike is a reflection of the integrity, sincerity, and genuine kindness of John and Tom Shepherd (3rd and 4th generation). Shepherd employees are quick to tell you what a great place this is to work. We take care of each other, we’re honest, and we all feel invested in and responsible for Shepherd Color’s continued success.

John Shepherd with front line employees at the 2019 Employee Appreciation Celebration.

Senior Management Team

Tom Shepherd

Tom Shepherd
Chairman & CEO,
Shepherd Material Science

Tom Shepherd joined his family’s company, The Shepherd Material Science Company, in 1986 and currently serves as Chairman and CEO. Armed with a Biology degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Northwestern, Tom’s unique calling is to engineer purity of purpose and clarity of approach that empower current and future stakeholders to thrive. Committed to Creating Value and Brightening Lives, Tom and his team devote themselves to providing a Great Place to Work, World Class Customer Satisfaction, a Positive Impact on their Communities and Society, and Long-Term Profitable Growth.

In his time off the clock, Tom is most often found pursuing his other passions; being with family, helping those in need gain freedom, opportunity and prosperity, and pursuing the elusive single digit handicap. His favorite Shepherd Color is Blue 30C591.

John Marten

John Marten

John Marten has worked for The Shepherd Color Company since 1995. From 1995 to 2006, John worked in various operations management positions and became General Manager in 2007 and then President in 2014.

John is a 1984 graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and he earned an MBA in 1987 from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He is an avid marathon runner and triathlete. John’s favorite Shepherd Color pigment is NTP Yellow 10P150, due to its bright yellow chromaticity and the wide color envelope it opens for durable complex inorganic color pigment applications.

Chris Manning

Chris Manning
Commercial Director

Chris has the role of Commercial Director, overseeing the Global Sales teams & Distribution channels, Customer Experience teams, Marketing and Technical Support Groups. He has been with Shepherd for 18 years and holds a Ph.D in Colour Chemistry. Prior to joining Shepherd, Chris lived and worked in England and France and worked for large multi-national coatings and textile companies, holding positions in Marketing, Global Product Management and Technical Development.

He is currently a Board member of the National Coil Coating Association and has supported several other Coatings and Plastics Industry Associations. He was one of the original development teams of the Tencel textile fiber and has been in the colour business for 45 years.

His favorite color is NTP Yellow 10P150.

Jeff Peake

Jeff Peake
Research & Development Manager

Jeff has worked in the Research and Development department at The Shepherd Color Company for 30 years. In his current role as R&D Manager, his responsibility is to direct the product development and knowledge expansion efforts. This position is enjoyable for him because he can apply his knowledge of inorganic chemistry, the subject of his Ph.D. degree, and because it involves him continually expanding the knowledge base for Complex Inorganic Colored Pigments.

When not assisting the R&D chemists in their technical pursuits, Jeff enjoys playing tennis, reading and learning, and playing the piano. His favorite Shepherd Color pigment is the bright red that has yet to be invented.

Ron Drumm

Ron Drumm
Operations Manager

Ron has been with The Shepherd Color Company for over 20 years and has served as the Operations Manager since 2007. Prior to that, he held the General Manager position at Glass Coatings and Concepts (2003-2007) and was a Product Line Leader in Manufacturing at Shepherd Color (2000-2003). Before joining The Shepherd Color Company, Ron held positions within Operations at several chemical companies.

Ron holds a Master of Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He enjoys running to keep active. His favorite Shepherd Color pigment is Blue 10C595.

Chris Collesel

Chris Collesel
Purchasing Manager

Chris has been with Shepherd Color since 1998, starting his career as the process engineer for the Blue-Green color group. Since earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Chris has spent his entire career in manufacturing including nearly 30 years in the color industry. Additionally, Chris has attained his certification in Project Management (CPM) and is a certified ASQ-trained Six Sigma Black Belt. He has facilitated numerous Lean projects across the Shepherd organization.

Currently, he leads the Purchasing and Raw Materials groups which are responsible for procurement and quality conformance of all raw material, bulk chemical and packaging products for the business.

Chris and his wife, Amy, like to travel in their leisure time – cruising the Caribbean is a particular favorite. Chris’ favorite Shepherd Color is Blue 385.

Kevin Marsh
Supply Chain Manager

Kevin has just started with The Shepherd Color Company in late November 2020 as Supply Chain Manager. In this new role on the team, Kevin will lead the Global Supply Chain organization.

Kevin has a double major degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Mechanical Engineering / Engineering & Public Policy. Kevin spent the last 23 years working in the organic pigment and printing ink industries in Operations and Global Supply Chain leadership roles. Prior to that he worked in the petroleum refining catalyst industry in processing engineering and operations management roles.

Kevin is a lifelong learner and enjoys volunteering for various non-profit organizations in his community. He also likes to listen to his adult children play jazz music around the region.

His favorite Shepherd Color is Dynamix Blue 30C588.

Ben Tepe, Operations Analyst

Shepherd Color is unique because they invest in the whole employee. This attracts passionate, intelligent people relentlessly pursuing excellence. It is a daily delight to work with this team of highly motivated, competent and genuinely nice people.

Jenna Burg, Research Chemist

Working in Research and Development at Shepherd Color challenges me to be innovative and collaborative. As a company, we work together to learn, grow, and brighten the lives of our employees and customers!