Sharwarko Joins Lake Pointe Partners

James Sharwarko has joined Lake Pointe Partners as a partner. He previously has consulted for private equity sponsors like Allied Capital, Code, Hennessy & Simmons, Harbour Group and Kirtland Capital.




Lake Pointe Partners, LLC announced the addition of James B. Sharwarko as a Partner with the Firm. Mr. Sharwarko is a 30-year veteran of senior management and operational turnarounds. He has led complex domestic and international performance improvement initiatives for large and middle-market companies in various industries.


“The current credit and economic environment has companies experiencing rapid erosion in financial performance, while lenders and private equity investors are responding quickly to take corrective action,” said Randall Patterson, Lake Pointe 's Managing Partner. “Mr. Sharwarko's experience and success in a wide range of business sectors provides Lake Pointe with additional talent and expertise to continue leading positive outcomes for our clients.”


Mr. Sharwarko has held senior management and consulting positions during his career with companies in the retail, wholesale distribution, manufacturing and business services sectors, including food processing, chemical manufacturing, brokerage and merchant services, manufactured tooling, warehousing operations and supply chain management. He has consulted for various private equity sponsors including Allied Capital, Code, Hennessy & Simmons, Harbour Group and Kirtland Capital. Client companies for performance improvement consulting initiatives include Pitney Bowes, Hon Office Furniture, U.S. Gypsum, Leggett & Platt, Textron, Ryerson Steel, Stericycle, Polestar Printing, McDonalds, J. Walter Industries, IMC Global and Motor Coach Industries.


Major accomplishments during his career include leading the negotiations to purchase a $1.2 billion food brokerage firm for a private equity investor group. Mr. Sharwarko led the acquisition and reorganization of a troubled import business including the introduction of new product lines to drive revenue growth to existing customers, turning operations profitable the first year post-restructuring. As Chief Executive Officer of Federated Group, a $200 million revenue private label food merchant, Mr. Sharwarko successfully implemented an acquisition strategy with a focus on operational integration to drive revenues while improving operating margins. In a consulting role he managed the financing process to secure $10 million of venture and second stage funding for Intelledge, a start-up technology firm to service electronic marketing, inventory management and pricing controls for the retail industry.


Mr. Sharwarko holds a B.A.A.S. in Accounting from the Illinois Institute of Technology, completing executive education programs at the University of Chicago 's Graduate School of Business, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania , and the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.





Lake Pointe Partners, LLC (“Lake Pointe“) is a consulting firm dedicated to providing profit enhancement, corporate renewal, financial advisory and turnaround consulting services with an operational focus.


With offices in Chicago and Shanghai, Lake Pointe's expanded core services include interim management, strategic sourcing, business development and logistics and supply chain management.


The firm's distinctive service signature is the integration of client personnel and Lake Pointe professionals through the use of cross-functional project teams. Drawing on the firm's experience and guidance, clients create and implement profit enhancement and turnaround plans.


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