Owner, Sharp Auto Body
Louie Sharp joined the U.S. Marine Corps right out of high school, and served 4 1⁄2 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 1⁄2 years guarding American Embassies overseas. He was posted at Nicosia, Cyprus and then Paris. 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 founded Sharp Auto Body, and added a towing operation in the mid-1990s. In 2000, he added mechanical repairs to the mix. He writes an automotive blog for the Lake County Journal, and delivers his “Car Cents” presentation to local clubs, organizations and companies helping people save money on every aspect of their vehicles.