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Co–Founder and CEO of GreenLancer.com in Detroit. GreenLancer is a national network of green energy engineering freelancers (greenlancers) that uses a web–based system to design green energy systems. Sharber is responsible for the company's day–to–day operations and serves as the main point of communication between the board of directors, investors, and corporate operations. Prior to starting GreenLancer.com, he held a sales and marketing position with a prominent global industrial supply distributor where he successfully managed 400 accounts nationwide. Under his leadership, GreenLancer.com has grown from three to nine full–time team members and moved to a new location in the David Stott building. The company quadrupled the size of its customer base from 2012 to 2013. GreenLancer.com won the Start–up Alley Challenge at the Solar Power International Conference, was named Emerging Company of the Year by the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, and was a semi–finalist in the 2013 Accelerate Michigan Innovation competition. During 2013, GreenLancer.com engineered and designed solar systems in 32 states and six countries while more than 200 contractors used its site. The company also completed a second round of investment in November from Bizdom (Detroit), Start Garden (Grand Rapids), Blue Water Angels (Midland), and Northern Michigan Angels (Traverse City) and expects to close on another $500,000 of investment early in 2014. Sharber received his bachelor's in business administration from Western Michigan University.


WHERE BORN: “Detroit.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My father, who worked since he was a child, worked seven days a week as a tool and die maker for Chrysler, and is the hardest worker I know by far. We had a one–income household, and he sacrificed a lot to put food on the table and has an incredible work ethic.”

LAST BOOK READ:Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy by Jigar Shah.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Adventurous, risk taker, comical, and loyal.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “To be the new economy of the future. The solar industry is the fastest–growing in the United States and arguably the world. Clean technology, solar in particular, will create the next generation of blue collar jobs.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “iPad.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Belle Isle.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Music and fishing.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Imitation crab.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I can put both my legs behind my head.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As someone who gave more than he received.”


At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.