Del Mar resident chosen as mentor for business group

The Chairmen’s RoundTable, a San Diego nonprofit that provides pro-bono mentoring to the county’s businesses, announced today that Del Mar resident Ira Sharp will be one of three new mentors who have joined in its mission.

The other two are Greg Gudorf and Thomas Ladt.

Mentors commit to volunteering their time to support the group’s executive mentoring program.

“These three bring solid experience, especially in the area of successful turn-arounds, to our bench,” said Richard Earnest, CRT’s chairman. “We are lucky that San Diego is such an ideal place to live because we can attract high-quality working ‘retirees’ to our community and then engage them with us to build a better San Diego — one company at a time.”

Ira Sharp was a practicing attorney for nearly 10 years in St. Louis before moving to Washington, D.C., to take over a struggling family business. He successfully turned the company around from bankruptcy to a highly profitable industry leader, running the company for 27 years until it was sold to a Fortune 1000 company.

“As an attorney, I was hands-on with my clients,” said Sharp. “I developed deep relationships and often found myself providing guidance on multiple aspects of their business. That was an aspect of my work I really enjoyed, and I see the CRT as an opportunity for me to return to my passion of mentoring and advising business owners.”

With 22 issued patents in networked technology and consumer electronics, Greg Gudorf’s skills span retail, distribution, manufacturing and innovation development in leadership positions at Sony Electronics, Technicolor, General Instrument (Motorola) and Digeo-Moxi (a Paul Allen venture). He is a published author, speaker and consultant to start-ups, innovators and restarts.

Thomas Ladt is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned executive leader with a proven track record in start-up, turn around and growth companies. He is well-versed in the management of small and large complex organizations, operating in highly competitive markets such as healthcare, technology, services, food processing and real estate. Thomas has board and C-level experience with public, private, venture capital backed and family-owned companies.

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