THE SHEPHERD COLOR COMPANY

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.

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Senior Management Team

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Tom Shepherd

Chairman & CEO, Shepherd Material Sciences

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.

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Tom Shepherd

Chairman & CEO, Shepherd Material Sciences

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.

Chris Manning, President & General Manager

Chris Manning

President

Chris has been with Shepherd Color for 20 years and was promoted to President in 2022. Previously holding the role of Commercial Director, he managed the Global Sales teams & Distribution channels, Customer Experience teams, Marketing and Technical Support Groups. Chris 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.

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Harshal Sanghani

Shepherd Color Commercial Segment Leader

Harshal has been with Shepherd Color since 2003. In his current role as Color Commercial Segment Leader, he manages the Global Sales teams & Distribution channels, Customer Experience teams, Marketing and Technical Support Groups. Previously, Harshal has had several engineering positions within the Operations team and became Product Manager in 2015 which is when he moved onto the commercial side of the business. He has a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from National Institute of Technology - India, Masters in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from The University of Cincinnati.

During his free time Harshal enjoys spending time with his family, friends, traveling to new places and learning about different cultures.
Harshal’s favorite Shepherd Color pigment is the OR001P340 due to its chromaticity and because it widens the envelope of durable pigment use.

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Mike Musick

Shepherd Technologies Commercial Segment Leader

Mike joined the R&D group of Shepherd Color in 2002 and focused on developing value-added pigments and introducing new functional materials. In 2012, Mike transitioned to Shepherd Technologies, pursuing additional opportunities to develop functional materials for high-performance specialty non-color applications, becoming the R&D manager for Shepherd Technologies in 2016. He is currently responsible for the commercial activities and development of Shepherd Technologies.

Mike obtained a Ph. D. in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh. Driven by curiosity and desire to learn, he is an avid reader and enjoys his free time gardening and sampling new cuisines. His favorite Shepherd Color pigment is the brilliant reflective silver-coated Starlight® product, FL105.

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Joel Houmes

Research & Development Manager

Joel has worked in the Research and Development department at The Shepherd Color Company for 25 years. In 2021, Joel became the R&D Manager and works to direct product development and knowledge expansion efforts. Joel loves solid state inorganic chemistry, the subject of is Ph.D., for the challenges it presents in understanding the origins of color and synthesis process.

When not assisting the R&D chemists in their technical pursuits, Joel coaches Ultimate Frisbee for the local university team, reads to expand his knowledge and works around his house. His favorite Shepherd Color Pigment is Black 1G for its chromatic simplicity and versatility.

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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.

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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.

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Kevin Marsh

Supply Chain Manager

Kevin is head of our 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.

His favorite Shepherd Color is Dynamix Blue 30C588.

"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."

Ben Tepe
Operations Analyst, The Shepherd Color Company

“We have a rather extensive and deliberating vetting process for all of our raw materials supply. We do business and partner with those companies that are recognized throughout the industry as legitimate sources.”

Chris Collesel
Purchasing Manager, The Shepherd Color Company