In the halls of CSM Production, John Sheppard is a bit of a legend. Not only is he a beloved colleague, but he’s made national news in a daring dog rescue. His accolades continue as an award-winning driver for the 30-year-old organization for nine plus years.
A native of Chicago, John and his wife of three years look forward to calling North Carolina home for years to come. They have three step sons, one step daughter and three step grandkids. A busy household to say the least.
Even though John is constantly on the road, we snagged a few minutes of his time for 10 tough questions!
1. What do you see yourself doing with your retirement years?
I hope to be sitting in a boat on a small remote lake, fishing and enjoying the cabin life!
2. You travelled for several years on the SPEED and IndyCar tours. What was your favorite memory?
I have to say my favorite memory was working and being part of the 50th running of the Daytona 500! I just will never forget that week! Goose bumps for sure.
3. As a recent returnee to the CSM Production team, what did you miss the most while in Chicago?
I mostly missed working with a tight knit, family-oriented company and of course a much warmer climate.
4. In 2012, you were recognized as the Driver of the Year based on the best safety record. What does your job entail that most folks wouldn’t know or understand?
The best I can give for this is to always expect that something is going to happen, always be well rested, alert and aware that it’s not if but when! You have to stay on your toes. This is what we as professionals are paid to do along with proper paperwork, appearance and keeping on top of any mechanical issues.
5. What’s the oddest or funniest thing you have seen on the road?
There’s too many to list here, but I can say that traveling on a closed two-lane road in a different country due to flooding was rather odd. As far as funny, I’ve seen a talking leather chair in the back of a pickup truck. I had a video of this but lost it somewhere.
6. What are some of the nicknames you have for coworkers?
Some nicknames would be of course Brandon Stegall (BDiddy), Jeremy Callahan (Ray Ray), Steve Moore (Steveless), and Jeff Hohenboken (Hogie).
7. If someone asked to be your apprentice and learn all that you know, what would you teach them?
I would specify to be polished, prompt and willing to give 100% ALWAYS! And stay ahead of your game, because nobody likes monkey wrenches thrown into the equation.
8. Soon, your family will be reunited again in Charlotte. What are you most excited to do with them?
First, I would like to buy a house, get them established, settle in, and really start enjoying what the Carolinas have to offer. I love the mountains but never got the opportunity to see and enjoy the beaches from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the Charleston coast of South Carolina! This is definitely going to happen!
9. Who has been the most influential person in your life or career?
I would have to say I have more than one on this. First being my father who I lost in 86. Then definitely my wife and then my boss!
10. What question should we ask the next 10 questions participant?
What’s the worst day of your career?