Longtime economic development and transportation advocate Larry R. Sharp was named Inland Southern California Global Leader of the Year at a regional World Trade Month event in Riverside.
Sharp, President and CEO of Arrowhead Credit Union, was recognized for his leadership in fostering the advancement of international trade throughout the Inland region. Sharp received the award at the 3rd Annual World Trade Month closing luncheon. The annual event is designed to address issues in global trade, which contributes millions of dollars each year to the region¹s economy. The event also encourages local businesses to become more closely involved in the international marketplace.
I have a great love for the Inland Empire, and I see the promise of international trade, Sharp told a gathering of more than 225 business and government leaders. ³That is our vision, and that is our dream.
Sharp has been with Arrowhead Credit Union for 27 years, building it from six branches and assets of $58 million to 26 offices and assets of more than $1 billion. Arrowhead Credit Union now serves more than 154,000 members in both Inland counties.
Sharp also has a long history of civic involvement. He is a past chairman of Inland Action, which advocates on behalf of the Inland area in front of state and national leaders, and chairs the board of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership. Sharp said international trade could help local businesses buttress themselves against a difficult U.S. economy in the short term and also ensure long-term economic growth.
Bill Carney, President and CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, called Sharp a pioneer and visionary who has been serving our community for many decades. Larry has been a mentor to leaders around the Inland Empire and beyond, Carney said.
Gary Ovitt, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, praised Sharp for his work in assisting Inland companies that employ more than 12,000 people in San Bernardino County through their trade activities in 27 countries. He described Sharp as an icon of this area and a very deserving person.
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