Mr. Sharpe is the former owner of Extrusion Technology Inc., an aluminum extrusion fabricator, located in Randolph, Massachusetts. He purchased the company, a second generation, family owned business, in 1987 after an eleven-month search. After a successful turnaround effort that led to the development of products for the telecom industry and a second factory in Xiamen, China, Jim sold the company to a private equity firm in 2008. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit. He holds Bachelor's Degree from Babson College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.