Louie joined the United States Marine Corps right out of high school. He served 4 ½ years on active duty as an aviation ordinance man on A6 Intruders. He was selected to the elite duty of Marine Security Guard where he spent his last 2 ½ years guarding American Embassies overseas. He was posted at Nicosia, Cyprus and then Paris, France.
Upon release from active duty Louie joined the Marine Corps active reserve program at Glenview Naval Air Station. He was assigned to HML-776 a helicopter squadron and became a crew chief and door gunner on Huey helicopters. His squadron was activated for Desert Storm and served 12 months overseas. Louie retired from the Marines after 20 years of honorable service.
In 1981 Louie started/opened Sharp Auto Body doing collision repair and restoration repairs on all makes and models of cars. In the mid 1990’s he started his towing operation and in 2000 he purchased the local auto repair shop adding mechanical repairs to the mix. He is currently writing an automotive blog for the Lake County Journal. He delivers his “Car Cents” power point presentation to local clubs, organizations and companies helping people save money on every aspect of their vehicles.
In 1999 Louie ran for and was elected village trustee in Island Lake where he successfully completed a 4 year term. He retired from political life to focus on his passion for music.
Louie plays guitar, harmonica and mandolin in a number of local bands including Stone Quarry Road and his local church band. He also performs solo acoustic guitar performances.
Around 1999 Louie started on a journey that would lead him to his newest company. It started with his doctor’s nurse suggesting he try yoga to lower his high blood pressure. The rest as they say is history. In 2009 he started Sharp-Skills, a company with a simple goal to help individuals and companies develop and achieve their full potential. In June of 2010 Louie successfully completed a year long training program under Jack Canfield. He is currently giving keynote speeches and training seminars around the country.
Some of his accomplishments include over 1500 hours of flight time in Huey helicopters. He is the past president of the Island Lake Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Island Lake Lions club. He is currently a member of the Island Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce, Island Lake Lions, the local American Legion, VFW, Business Exchange, Wauconda Rotary, BNI and Messiah Lutheran Church. Louie sits on the board of directors for Transitional Living Services, an organization that helps homeless veterans
“He is a man of many talents!”
“I recently met Louie Sharp of Sharp Skills. He is a man of many talents! But the inspiration he gave me was the thrill of trying new business ideas, never giving up and staying positive at all times. The recent years have been tough on Americans but when you stay positive, never
give up, and try new ideas days are exciting and business grows.”
“We now have the tools to be more efficient and resourceful” “I am writing this letter to let you know how pleased we were with Louie. Thanks to Louie’s extremely motivational seminar, Berger Excavating is making huge strides. We now have the tools to be more efficient and resourceful. Not only was I surprised by the event, but the positive feedback from all involved has been overwhelming. Louie had the ability to bring everyone closer as a company and want to work together to make a stronger team. I would strongly recommend this training to anyone and everyone. After the way the economy has been in such a down-turn, this was what we really needed to re-group and focus on the opportunities of the future.”Julie Berger-Chamberlin – President Berger Excavating Contractors