Judy K. Sheppard Recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for Excellence in Human Resources

PARKERSBURG, WV, April 3, 2013, Judy K. Sheppard, President and Chief Executive Officer of Professional Services of America, Inc., has been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in human resources and business management.

With nearly 35 years of professional experience, Ms. Sheppard has honed her skills in the recruiting and human resource fields. She brings her experience and expertise to the role of president and CEO of Professional Services of America, Inc., a trusted staffing agency that also offers human resource solutions, employee training, professional business consulting, marketing services and more. Headquartered in Parkersburg, WV., it has established offices in Chicago, IL, Washington, DC, Gulfport, MS, Fort Bliss TX, and Rocky Flats, CO. 

“Our agency offers a unique and distinctive combination of global resources blended with world-class expertise with tailor-made approaches that produce meaningful results,” states Ms. Sheppard on the company’s website. Since PSA’s inception, it has built and maintained a strong reputation in the commercial sector for dedication, performance, quality and safety.

Ms. Sheppard successfully oversees all operations of her company and its commitment to delivering the finest quality services available. She is the designer of innovative human resource programs and services for large companies and government agencies such as DuPont, GE, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Huntsman Chemical Company, Computer Science Corporation, and others. She believes that a successful business is built on the principles of honesty, integrity and trust. PSA is now a multi-million dollar company with more than 300 professionals around the globe who subscribe to her high ideals and philosophy.

In addition to running her company, Ms. Sheppard serves as a U.S. Ambassador for the West Virginia division of the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council and works with the Euro-American Women’s Council and WBENC. Ms. Sheppard has earned numerous formal honors and awards in recognition of her professional efforts and achievements. Most recently, she received a TrailBlazer Woman of the Year award from the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Enterprise.   She was honored as the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003, Minority Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004, Small Business of the Year in 2005, SBA Women in Business Champion in 2006, the State Journal’s Who’s Who in West Virginia Business in 2007, the Biltmore Who’s Who List in 2007, top 100 Women Business Enterprise (WBE) owners impacting supplier diversity by Women’s Enterprise USA magazine in 2008, bestowed an honorary degree from West Virginia University-Parkersburg in 2008, the WBENC Southeast Division’s Women’s Business Enterprise of the Year for West Virginia in 2008, and the WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy) Member to Watch in 2009.  She was honored as one of the “50th Most Powerful Minority Women in Business” at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC and featured on the cover of the May/June 2010 issue of the MEA Magazine, a notable achievement since Judy is the only woman from West Virginia to ever have won this designation.  In 2010, American Express OPEN named Judy as the Teaming Contractor of the Year and in 2011, Judy was named by the Small Business Administration as the Small Business Person of the Year.  In 2012, she was named the Region 3 Minority Person of the Year.

Looking toward the future, Ms. Sheppard plans to establish a women’s center where women can meet one another, network and have a place to get training. She also plans to continue with and do more speaking engagements for women and colleges and universities on how to start a small business and discuss small business needs. Ms. Sheppard will continue to share her story and be a coach and mentor to others.