Charles R. “Rick” Sharp, CPA
Education and certifications: Rick graduated in May of 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. In November of 1976 he passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination in Des Moines, Iowa. He is a licensed CPA in the State of Kansas and a member of the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Experience and background: Rick’s first position after graduating from Truman State University was in Burlington, Iowa, as a Staff Accountant for the large CPA firm of McGladrey. After working at McGladrey for over a year, he and his family moved to their hometown area of Macon, Missouri where he worked in a local CPA firm. In September of 1978, the family moved to Chanute, Kansas, where he worked for the accounting firm of Williams and German. He later became a partner in the firm. In 1988, Rick started his own CPA firm in Chanute now known as “Charles R. Sharp, CPA, LLC.” The doors opened at 8 am at 8 South Evergreen on 8-8-88.
People might be surprised to know this: Rick has a private pilot’s license and once did a tandem parachute jump. In 1999, he and his son, Jeff, rode their bicycles halfway across the USA. They rode 1,610 miles in 23 days from Chanute, Kansas, to the Atlantic Ocean at Yorktown, Virginia. He has also enjoyed Biking Across Kansas 11 times. His dream now is to ride his recumbent trike from coast to coast.
Interests outside of the office: Rick and his wife, Carol, have had the privilege of traveling across the world and have visited 26 countries, many of these with mission groups. His most memorable places include Israel, Pompeii, Italy, and Ephesus, Turkey. He has also made numerous mission trips to Mexico.
Rick and Carol have four grown children, Jill, Charlie, Jeff and Tyler, whose families have blessed them with nine grandchildren. Besides traveling, going on mission trips and riding his recumbent trike, Rick especially enjoys spending time with his grandkids and the rest of the family.
“Mediocrity is not enough”