Meet our Team
Howard & Barbara Sheppard
President & Chief Executive Officer
Cliff Sheppard is President & Chief Executive Officer of Howard Sheppard, Inc. He joined the company in 1973 and became President in 1999. He graduated from Georgia Southwestern in 1973 with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank of the South and Chairman of the Board of Brentwood School.
Cliff is married to Diane Callaway Sheppard and has two sons, Trey and Mitch. He is also a board member for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and a member of First Baptist church of Sandersville.
VP of Crude Kaolin Mining Operations
Trey Sheppard is Vice President of Crude Kaolin Mining Operations. He joined the company in 1999. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1999 with a Bachelor's degree in Finance and is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Georgia Banking School and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank of the South. He serves on the board and is past chair of the Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation. He is a member of the First Christian Church of Sandersville and a member of the Sandersville Rotary Club. In 2016, Trey was chosen as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s 40 under 40.
Trey is married to Emily Jones Sheppard and has four children, a son, Howard Clifford Sheppard, IV (Ford), twin daughters, Anne Marie and Emerson and his youngest son, Jones.
VP of Intermodal Division
Mitch Sheppard is Vice President of the Intermodal Division. He joined the company in 2003. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Real Estate and is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Georgia Banking School and is a director at Citizens Bank of the South. He currently serves on the board for the Broken Shackle Ranch and the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County.
Mitch is married to Brannen Greene Sheppard and they have two daughters, Pierce and Sims, and a son, Mitchell. He is a member of the Sandersville First Baptist Church and the Sandersville Rotary Club.
Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer
Eric Holmes is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He joined the company in 1984. He graduated from Georgia College in 1977 with a degree in Business Management and earned an M.B.A. degree in 1985.
Eric is married to Pamela Jones Holmes and has two sons, Josh, an optometrist, and Matt, Savannah Site Manager for Howard Sheppard, Inc. Eric and Pam enjoy being a part of the lives of their 4 granddaughters
VP of Fleet Operations
Mike Rice is VP of Fleet Operations and he joined the company in 1995. He grew up on a farm in North West Ohio and attended high school at Tiffin Columbian. He joined the US Army as a Wheel Vehicle Mechanic and spent three years split between stateside and overseas duty. After the Army he went to College at Tiffin University and majored in Business Organization. He is a member of St. William Church in Sandersville and serves as Finance Chairperson at St William; he is a member of the K of C and has been an ASE Master Certified Diesel Tech for over 30 years.
Mike is married to Roxanne Davis Rice and has three children, Joshua Rice in North Augusta, SC, Bekki Rice Rogers in Sandersville, GA and Aaron Rice of Orlando, FL. Mike is also blessed with four grandchildren.
VP Customer Service & Sales
Howard Brantley is Vice President of Customer Service and Sales and joined Howard Sheppard in April 1996 as Directory of Customer Service & Sales. He grew up in Washington county and graduated from Southern Technical Institute in 1979 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He served as a Board member of the Washington County Board of Recreation, serving as Chairman for 10 plus years.
Howard is married to Susan Trawick Brantley and has two sons; Phillip T. Brantley, Athens, GA. and John H. Brantley, Orlando, FL. He is a member and SS Teacher at Sandersville First Baptist Church. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, hunting and golfing.
Vice President OTR Division & Logistics
Tracy Giddens is Vice President OTR Division & Logistics. He joined Howard Sheppard in 1984. He graduated from Georgia College State & University in 1988 with Bachelor degree in Business Administration. Tracy is currently a member of the Washington County Board of Education.
He’s married to Cindy Tingle Giddens and they are the proud parents to two sons - AJ and Preston.
Intermodal Operations Manager
Kaolin Mining Operations Manager
Truckload Services Operations Manager
Intermodal Charleston Terminal Manager
Intermodal Savannah Terminal Manager
Recruiting and Driver Relations