THE LEGACY for inter-generational investment began with John’s father-in-law, Leonard B. Brown. The combination of business acumen, financial shrewdness, long-term planning and generosity embodied by Leonard was an inspiration to John Sharpe and his wife Margaret. The formation of the family office in the 1990s followed several decades of John's success in the financial services industry, including serving as Chairman and CEO of Transport Life Insurance until its sale in 1982 to American Can as well as numerous leadership roles within Commercial Credit Corporation, Primerica and Travelers (all predecessors to Citigroup). Concurrently with establishing a framework of strategies for broader family participation in his investing endeavors, John continued to lead in a variety of other management roles within the life insurance industry, including Southwestern Life and Bank One Insurance, among others, prior to his passing in 2003. Since then, John's son Tom Sharpe has served as President.