A native Georgian, Finley grew up in Gwinnett County graduating from Shiloh High School where he was an All-American swimmer and high school national champion. He earned a swimming scholarship to Stanford University, was a member of three National Championship teams, and graduated with honors.
After college, Finley had one immediate goal in mind: become a Navy SEAL. After graduating from the Navy’s Officer Candidate School, he accomplished that mission and served with the Navy’s SEAL Team One.
Following his SEAL service, he worked for several Silicon Valley high tech companies before returning to Georgia and working for a firm that was acquired by Capgemini, a world-renowned international business consulting firm with more than 190,000 employees, where he rose to manage the firm’s consulting business for the Eastern United States.
His next mission took him to BrightStar Corporation, where he became managing director for Eastern Europe.
He returned to Capgemini in 2011 and was ultimately named Executive Vice President for the firm’s entire North American high tech, entertainment, and telecommunications business. During his tenure, he dramatically increased the company’s revenue and profits.
But it’s hard for Finley Shepherd to ever sit still. Even while managing these far-flung endeavors, the call to service continued to beckon, and he joined the Navy SEAL Reserves, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander while serving with SEAL Team 18. In 2015, Finley was deployed to Iraq and was decorated for his efforts in counter-ISIS strike operations. Another mission accomplished.
When not running international business operations and fighting ISIS, Finley dedicates time to another one of his missions: mentoring children through the Boys and Girls Club of America, where he serves as a National Trustee of the group’s Southeastern Division.
Finley lives in Atlanta with Lori, his wife of 20 years, and their two children, Henley and Finley “Tip” Jr. The Shepherd’ are members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and are involved in community revitalization efforts in Atlanta’s Westside.
In his spare time, Finley enjoys hunting, fishing, spending time with his family and riding his tractor on their farm in Juliette, Georgia.