Our Team

John Sheppard

President, Sheppard Grain, LLC

John Sheppard is the President of Sheppard Grain Enterprises, LLC. He learned the aspects of growing field crops and the importance of using high quality feed ingredients on the family dairy farm. John worked with his brother Steve (founder of Sheppard Grain) from the onset in 1980. After graduating from the US Air Force Academy and a 25-year military career, He returned to Sheppard Grain in 2006. He was instrumental in expanding the organic product list and NOFA organic certifications. In 2010, he began full time municipal service in the governance and administration of Ontario and Seneca Counties. John returned to now Sheppard Grain Enterprises, LLC in 2018 and, as President, directs all aspects of company operations.

Doug Christensen

General Manager

Doug was brought up on his father’s dairy and crop farm near Penn Yan, NY. He began working at Sheppard Grain in 1999 as an operator in the new soybean expeller plant. He then became one of the full-time truck operators of the company. Doug was soon promoted to dispatcher for the twelve tractor trailers that are operated by Sheppard Grain. In 2014, Doug was promoted to General Manager and is responsible for managing the grain storage and feed production functions, product transportation and logistics. Over the course of Doug’s sixteen years at Sheppard Grain, he has been intimately involved in all processing and storage expansions. His experiences in his previous positions help him solve any issues that come up in both the processing systems and logistic systems.

Mark Santoro

Fiscal Administrator

Mark is a lifetime resident of the Finger Lakes area where he attended Geneseo State University and Keuka College receiving his B.A and a B.S. in Accounting. Mark has over twenty years of experience in all aspects of managerial accounting and a deep understanding of business concepts. He is responsible for all accounting activity at Sheppard Grain Enterprises, LLC and is available to assist with any questions or issues.

Matthew Clark

Fleet Dispatcher

Matthew is a Phelps, NY native, and is responsible for all truck and commodity movements at Sheppard Grain Enterprises, LLC. Matt has always been involved with New York State agriculture. He first delivered locally grown field crops to Sheppard Grain before being hired as a heavy truck driver distributing products throughout the northeast and Canada. Matt now dispatches the fleet of 19 trucks, drivers and various trailers moving bulk liquid and solid feed commodities. Matt’s customer focus and experience is used to ensure timely, efficient and economical transportation.