Mr. Shepherd initially pursued a Degree in Architecture, before deciding to work in the construction industry for a number of years. He then completed a degree in Construction Management a Ferris State University and was employed by Rockford Construction of Grand Rapids, MI. as a project superintendent. In that capacity, he constructed a number of projects throughout the United States before rising to become a Project Manager for Rockford. In that capacity, he managed a number of commercial and multiple housing projects in Michigan. In 2012, Mr. Sheperd accepted a position as a project manager with Grand Rapids-based Orion Construction and managed projects including a historic theater renovation and restaurant.
Because of his previous experience in a number of the construction specialties for which Rohde Construction is known, Rohde lobbied Mr. Shepherd to join Rohde Construction in 2015 as the company expanded its operations.