Jerry Sheppard is the Chair and Founder of Epitec. He started the company over 44 years ago with a vision toward service. Jerry’s strong business sense began early in life. At age 11, he started a paper route servicing 27 customers. Before too long, Jerry increased his route to 92 customers, learning that excellent service makes all the difference.
In 1977, Jerry recognized the technology industry was about to take off and knew he wanted to be a part of it. Today, the company is a top supplier to several Fortune 500 companies, a multi-year MMSDC Supplier of the Year winner, and a 15-year consecutive winner of the “Best & Brightest Companies to Work For” award.
“We are in a business where the only constant is change,” Jerry says, “Epitec must continually adapt and stay ahead of the curve.” But at the end of the day, he believes it all comes down to service. In that regard, his philosophy is simple. “Don’t meet client expectations,” he says, “Exceed them. Time and time again.”
To Jerry, the company mantra of “Placing People First” isn’t just a slogan; it’s the cornerstone of our culture, whether we’re talking about our staff, talent pool, or clients. And while we, and our clients, think a lot of Jerry, his influence extends far beyond our walls. Jerry has been recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential Minorities in Business” by the Minority Business & Professionals Network. He was also honored as one of “100 Emerging Business Leaders” and a “Diversity Business Leader” by Corp! magazine.
We couldn’t be more proud to have Jerry as our Chair.