Our Team

Steve Sheppard

President, Sheppard Grain, LLC

Steve Sheppard is the founder of Sheppard Grain Enterprises. He was raised on his family’s dairy and crop farm near Seneca Castle, NY. There he was able to learn about all the aspects of growing field crops, and the importance of using high quality feed ingredients to feed livestock. Steve bought the property where Sheppard Grain Enterprises, LLC. is located in 1982, and built the grain storage capacity up to 900,000 bushels. He designed and built a commercial soybean roasting system in 1988 that utilized most of the soybeans grown in NY for a number of years. The roasting system is now used for processing both GMO and Organic soybeans. In 1999 Steve designed and built a soybean expelling system that is used to produce Organic soybean meal and Organic soybean oil. The soybean expeller plant has grown to the capacity of ten tons of meal per hour, making it the largest soybean expelling plant east of the Mississippi.

John Sheppard

Chief Operations Officer

John, reared on the same family farm, first worked at the current site in 1980 during the transition from High School to the Air Force Academy. John returned to Sheppard Grain in 2006, after a 25-year military career. He was instrumental in expanding the organic product list and NOFA organic certifications. In 2010, he left for full time municipal service in the governance and administration of Ontario and Seneca Counties. John returned in 2018 and now, as Chief Operations Officer, 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.

Cody Wert

Sales and Purchasing Manager

Cody lives and operates out of his home in Elizabethtown, PA (Lancaster County). He and his wife Sarah have two children Anna & Liam. Cody was brought up in a very conservative family and has lived in Lancaster County all his life. Agribusiness is attractive to Cody and all that the business entails. He started his career with Wenger Feeds as the Organic Grain Buyer in January 2015. Since then he has grown in his market understanding and has developed many relationships in the Organic Market space. Cody came to Sheppard Grain in October 2018 and coordinates all purchases/sales of organic grain, organic soybean meal, organic soybeans and organic soybean oil. Cody is happy to answer any questions you may have on organic grain, or feed ingredient pricing, whether you are looking to buy from, or sell to Sheppard Grain. Please feel free to call Cody’s cell at any time. #717-449-1715

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 and is available to assist with any questions or issues.