Chuck Sharp, President, Cruise News Critic
Sharp, with over twenty-three years experience in management, marketing, marketing communications and partner relations, he was previously Vice President of the Information Technology Solution Providers Alliance (ITSPA). ITSPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and promotion of the use of technology to small and medium companies to solve business challenges. His leadership has resulted in over six billion impressions and coverage in numerous major media outlets. During his career he has worked with a variety of companies in the software, travel, telephone equipment, computer, manufacturing and communications industries. Sharp’s experience includes eighteen years with Hewlett-Packard, with responsibilities encompassing channel development, systems, digital solutions, storage technology and software, and enterprise and mid-market development. Sharp holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Science and Computer Systems from Oklahoma State University.
Chet Gray, Executive Vice President, Cruise News Critic
As Vice President Sales and Marketing of the Cruise News Critic, Chet Gray brings to the CNC more than 20 years of experience in marketing, sales and senior management at companies such as IBM, Tandy and HP. His 12-year career at HP included serving as national account manager for Fortune 500 sales as well as being chosen to lead the company’s thrust into the retail and small business markets. Also, he served as HP’s western region hardcopy sales manager and had responsibility for all channel sales and marketing activities related to printers and digital imaging products. Gray provided his expertise and leadership to help form three successful business start-ups. He has served on the board of directors of a company called GrayMar, Inc. for 15 years, and is currently the vice president and general manager of Simonson Equine as well as the president of Gray Racing Stable. Past experiences have included serving on the Financial Times web advisory panel, the HP Small Business Forum, and as a consultant on the Wal-Mart retail technology team. Gray is a 1984 graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where he earned a BBA in Information Systems.
Ron Sharp, Ph.D., Director, Integrated Communications and Technology, Cruise News Critic
CNC’s Director of Integrated Communications and Technology, Ron Sharp is responsible for website design, small business membership, online marketing, and travel technology. Ron’s background includes experience as an Internet Security Officer, public affairs officer, broadcast and print journalist, and talk show host. His background also includes enlisted and officer Marine Corps billets in aviation, public affairs, security and training. He has served on the executive board of the local Chamber of Commerce, holds a degree in communication, Counseling, and Counseling Psychology with certifications in education, school counseling, communications, chemical dependency, psychiatric assessment, & computer science. He is also a firefighter, Emergency Medical Responder, member of the county Search and Rescue Team, and an Emergency Response Team for the American Red Cross.