James Howell

Jared Shepard

Chief Executive Officer

Jared Shepard is Chief Executive Officer of Intelligent Waves LLC, an end-to-end information technology solutions provider to public and private clientele worldwide. Since founding the company in 2006, he has grown Intelligent Waves from a two-man team into a thriving and award-winning organization with over 200 employees.

Jared has more than 20 years of information technology and federal services experience. He served in the United States Army from 1996 to 2002 as an infantry and communications NCO, using the lessons of Army leadership and values as the foundation for all he does today. Following his time in uniform, he became the lead technical planner for III Corps, U.S. Army. During this time, he deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom for CJTF-7 and MNC-I from 2003 to 2005 where his contributions aided in the design and execution in the commercialization efforts of the U.S. built Iraqi network infrastructure. The extensive knowledge and experience gained in his role helping establish the Joint Task Force, and Multi-National Force was the catalyst for establishing Intelligent Waves. Intelligent Waves first mission was to support the initial technical design and deployment of what became the global U.S. Counter-IED Mission. In addition to his military service, Jared has spent nearly 4 years deployed alongside the men and women in uniform of the U.S. Military in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Africa, and other austere locations.

As a veteran, a business owner, and American, Jared has become an outspoken advocate of military service members, veterans and their families. With veterans making up nearly half of the organization’s workforce, his veteran hiring initiatives have earned Intelligent Waves multiple recognitions and awards including #2 Company for Veterans in 2017 and #7 Company for Veterans in 2018, in a nationwide evaluation and award presented by Monster and Military.com’s Best Companies for Veterans.

Jared is also the Founder and Director of Warriors Ethos, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing transition assistance in the career planning, professional development and placement of wounded service members, veterans and their families, and supports numerous veteran focused foundations. He donates the operational cost of Warriors Ethosthereby ensuring that all external donations to Warriors Ethos go directly to Warrior Placement programs.

He is a 2018 and 2019 FedHealthIT 100 awardee. Jared is a CISSP and Cisco certified technologist, a trusted industry leader and a passionate philanthropist.