Our Team:

Collins and Hermann Leadership Team

The leadership team at Collins & Hermann has extensive experience in the business of highway construction, signage, guardrail, civil construction and more. While the business continues to grow and change, their combined length of service ensures stability, proven performance and excellence for our customers. Adding us to your team will provide a solid link in the quality service chain your projects demand.

Tim Hermann

CEO, Board Chairman and Owner

Tim joined the business shortly after his father Garry Hermann and business partner Jim Collins established the firm in 1973, and has been a part of the process of building the company since its inception.

Educated at St. Louis University with a background in Liberal Arts/Humanities and Mathematics, Tim has also served in a series of developmental and leadership roles at Collins and Hermann, including President and CEO of Series, Inc., a real estate development and construction subsidiary of Collins and Hermann, President and COO of Collins and Hermann, Highway Sales, Commercial Sales, Residential Sales and General Manager.

Tim works closely with the Collins and Hermann Leadership Team, and the Advisory Board to ensure the ongoing growth and development of the company for current customers and for future markets, technologies and solutions.

Most recently, Tim has established residence in China, where he is working to grow the Collins and Hermann brand and business in this key world area. He maintains a vigorous travel schedule, spends countless hours on the phone and videoconference with the team in the U.S., and is learning Mandarin.

Tim is an avid photographer, working in a variety of styles including black-and-white. He shares his work online, now including many of his impressions of China.

Mike Shepard

President, COO and Owner

Mike Shepard has been with Collins and Hermann since 1997, when he joined the company to start the Civil Construction team. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction from the School of Engineering at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville; and a Masters in Business Administration from Maryville University. The Civil Construction team he initiated continues to be a core and thriving part of the Collins and Hermann business today.

With extensive experience in the construction industry, Mike brings the benefit of his knowledge to Collins and Hermann and to our customers.

As President/COO, Mike works to improve operations management throughout the company. He has also continued to build and develop the Collins and Hermann Civil Construction team.

Often busy with company business, Mike nonetheless lends his time and effort to high-school athletics in the area, leading clubs and organizations that support the development of youth through athletics.


Mike Collins

Senior VP, Owner

Mike has been with Collins & Hermann, Inc. since 1988, beginning at the company in the finance team.

Mike's undergraduate degree is from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed the MBA Program at Washington University in St. Louis. In his time with Collins and Hermann, he has moved through the Commercial/Highway Sales group, and progressed to Vice President of Sales for Collins and Hermann, prior to taking on his current position.

As Senior Vice President, Mike continues to be instrumental in the development and growth of the core business areas of the company, and in how the organization can stay focused on the needs of our customers.

Mike is also active in the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of St. Louis.

Mike’s favorite leisure activities include snow skiing and golf.


Bruce Gilman

Vice President

Bruce has been with Collins and Hermann since 1978.

A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Bruce began his career with Collins and Hermann as a field installer. Working his way into residential sales, he eventually became a residential manager, progressing through a role as project manager for the Home Renovation Division and into Commercial Fence Sales.

Heading up the company’s Commercial Fence Sales efforts, Bruce works to ensure this key area of the company’s business continues to grow and that the organization continues to be a leader in this important area for our clients and for Collins and Hermann.

He also represents Collins and Hermann at all Associated General Contractors (AGC), American Subcontractors Association (ASA) and American Fence Association (AFA) functions. When not trying to fence people in, Bruce is an avid golfer and enjoys the outdoors.


Jeremy Knernschield

General Manager KC Operations

Jeremy joined Collins and Hermann in 2007 as Estimator and Project Manager of the Kansas City Branch. In 2014, he was promoted to General Manager KC Operations. Jeremy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

Prior to joining Collins and Hermann, he worked as an Estimator, Project Manager and Sales Associate for Builders FirstSource and Centurion Stone Distributor. Jeremy is a member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC), the Heavy Contractors Association of Kansas City, the American Traffic Safety Services Association, and the Project Management Institute.

Outside of work, Jeremy enjoys golfing, hunting and spending time with his family.