Mr. Sharp founded Urban Advisors in 2005. Since inception, Urban Advisors has underwritten an average of 25 deals and $50 million of financing per year to small-to-mid sized businesses, inner city real estate projects and loans/investments to community development focused financial intermediaries and organizations.
Prior to Urban Advisors, Mr. Sharp served as Wachovia’s Community Development Investment Finance Manager for 5 years. In this capacity, Mr. Sharp was responsible for the allocation of approximately $25 million per year in Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) qualifying transactions, which included debt, mezzanine and equity financings, as well as fixed income investments including bonds and bond funds that supported community development related financings. During his tenure, Mr. Sharp built a $100 million CRA qualifying investment portfolio consisting of private equity, real estate, fixed income, structured products, and loan funds. . In addition to his responsibilities as an investment manager, he also assisted in closing approximately $18 million in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) investments during his one-year tenure as Wachovia’s initial NMTC Manager before the hiring of a dedicated NMTC Manager. Prior to serving as Investment Finance Manager, Mr. Sharp held the role of Vice President, in which role he structured, underwrote, and managed highly leveraged debt transactions for private equity bank clients. In addition, Mr. Sharp served as a Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) financial analyst for Bank of America.
Mr. Sharp also served as an Intelligence Officer in The United States Navy
In addition to leading Urban Adivsors, Mr. Sharp provides financial counseling within the Charlotte, NC community in the form of workshops and financial literacy events.
Mr. Sharp earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College.