Internal Growth and Advancements

We are pleased to announce the recent promotions of several employees in our organization. These advancements bring alignment between our strategic growth plan and internal structure. See below for details.   

Client Services

Client services is one of the largest divisions of our business, supporting account production, exhibits, design, strategy, resource development and sales.

Frances Maestre has been appointed to lead this division as Shepard’s Executive Vice President. With nearly twenty years of industry experience and a distinguished career in sales, Frances is known for her customer-centric approach and keen focus on growth and development.

Kevin Belanger will continue to play an integral role in driving Shepard forward, as the Senior Vice President of Business Development, focusing on growing new business through a strategic and consultative selling approach. Under Kevin’s leadership, Lauren Bauer, Paula Herz and Michael Triola will lead sales as regional Directors, developing intentional strategies to support new business on the regional level.  

As the Vice President of Exhibits, Shannon Lockhart will champion driving innovation and creative solutions for our exhibits division.


Andre Burns Jr. has been promoted to Vice President of Logistics & Material Handling. As a second-generation associate, Andre has extensive industry experience and will continue to evolve Shepard’s logistics and material handling processes to further support our customers’ needs.


Ayla Carswell has been imperative in managing the complex duties of human resources in our industry. Ayla will proceed in leading the human resource department as the Vice President of HR.

Joanne Vongphommachanh-Jones has also played a crucial role in managing the complexities of payroll supporting the union and contract workers, all part-time and full-time employees across the country. Joanne has been promoted to Director of Payroll.

Maci Parker has been promoted to Manager of Organizational Excellence and will focus on improving internal processes and managing the organization of various corporate initiatives.

Audio Visual

John Wolcott has been promoted to Production Manager for Shepard’s AV Division. With a long tenure in the audio-visual industry, he will play an essential role in evolving internal and external processes to better support our AV clientele.

Shepard is a full-service event production company. We design, develop and manage trade shows, corporate and other events throughout the U.S.