Sheppard to join ranks of West Virginia Business Hall of Fame

MORGANTOWN — A Parkersburg business owner is among three inductees into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame.

Judy K. Sheppard, chief executive officer of Professional Services of America of Parkersburg, joins Bill Bayless, chief executive officer of American Campus Communities Inc. and Leo A. Vecellio Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Vecellio Group Inc. in the 2019 Hall of Fame class.

Inductees will be honored at a ceremony and reception on Aug. 27 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. The event that will kick off the 2019 West Virginia Business Summit and Annual Meeting.

Sheppard founded Professional Services of America, a human resources company, in 1989 in Parkersburg.

She has overseen all operations of the company, involving human resources and business management. Sheppard is the designer of human resource programs and services for large, private sector companies and government agencies, including 30 federal government agencies as past and present clients.

Sheppard received her education from Chattahoochee Technical College and earned an honorary degree from WVU-Parkersburg in 2008.

She is a U.S. Ambassador for the West Virginia Division of the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council, a member of the West Virginia Area Roundtable, Wood County Development Authority and Women Impacting Public Policy, and works with the Euro-American Women’s Council and Certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

Among awards, Sheppard was the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003, Minority Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004, Small Business of the Year in 2005, Small Business Administration Women in Business Champion in 2006 and SBA Small Business Person of the Year in 2011.

“Bill Bayless, Judy Sheppard and Leo Vecellio all got their first involvement in business right here in West Virginia,” said W. Marston “Marty” Becker, chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee. “Bill discovered what he wanted to do while he was a student at WVU, Judy founded a business in West Virginia and Leo helped to manage and expand a family business that was founded in this state. They all were remarkably successful and the result is that their businesses reach far beyond our state borders.”

The Business Hall of Fame was launched in 2001 by the West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics to recognize business leaders who have ties to West Virginia and have made a significant impact in communities, the state, the nation and around the world.