Jack Sharp

Chief Operating Officer, PROGRESSIVE SCREENS

Jack Sharp

Chief Operating Officer, PROGRESSIVE SCREENS

In today’s dynamic time, Chief Operating Officers (COOs) face a myriad of challenges in balancing strategic planning, operational oversight, and workforce management. However, amidst these complexities, the role of the COO is evolving rapidly. A significant portion of their time is consumed by immediate operational priorities, leaving limited room for long-term strategic thinking. Moreover, they must navigate the unique needs of a diverse workforce, address the demands of various stakeholders, and adapt to the swift integration of automation. In this context, the next wave of COOs must possess a diverse set of skills to thrive.

 

One such exemplary leader who has proven his mettle as a capable COO is Jack Sharp, the Chief Operating Officer of PROGRESSIVE SCREENS. With a track record of innovative solutions and strategic foresight, Jack stands out as an example of a modern COO who adeptly tackles the multifaceted demands of today’s business environment. Let’s delve deeper into Jack’s journey and how he embodies the qualities necessary for success in the evolving role of the COO.

From the Scratch

Originally from the greater NYC area, Jack Sharp relocated to Florida in 2020, not due to COVID but to embark on the journey of starting a family. His upbringing was influenced by both of his parents, who had contrasting career paths – one in the corporate world and the other as an entrepreneur. This exposure led Jack to integrate elements of both approaches into his own leadership style.

 

Beyond his academics, Jack wholeheartedly took part in both team and individual sports, which helped him become a team player, and at the same time a confident individual. He grew up with an elder sister who suffers from Down Syndrome, but her ambition and never quit spirit, added a lot of learning to Jack’s growth.

 

At Six Flags, where he started his career in 2004 at the age of sixteen, Jack was given a leadership position. Working there on a seasonal basis till he finished his undergraduate degree taught him the value of hospitality across all sectors of the economy and how it affects company performance. Jack originally intended to become a chef and was lured to culinary school. However, he soon realized that he was passionate in expanding enterprises, putting plans into practice, and doing in-depth business research.

 

Subsequently, he pursued further education at The Wharton School to refine his skills and deepen his impact in any organization he collaborates with.

From Reluctance to Resonance: Jack Sharp's Journey to Progressive Screens

During a brief interview opportunity, when we asked Jack to talk about how he ended up at Progressive Screens, he shared – “I met Arthur, the Founder/President at Progressive Screens and MagnaTrack, at a time when I had little to no desire to make a professional change”. “His energy, his passion, his endless quest for “better” was something which involuntarily convinced me to become a vital part of this team of industry giants”, Jack added.

 

Speaking of MagnaTrack, Jack remarked, “When it comes to the product itself, MagnaTrack stands out as the iPhone of the outdoor protection industry. Its elegance, innovation, and remarkable strength make it unparalleled, boasting a CAT-5+ rating. MagnaTrack truly sets the standard.”

 

Furthermore, during the conversation Jack acknowledges that as the COO he isn’t encountering significant challenges but rather views his role as an opportunity to oversee Progressive’s transition from a cottage industry to a corporate entity. He finds this period exhilarating, especially considering the rapid growth the company has experienced over the past three years.

As the COO

Jack Sharp oversees every aspect of Progressive Screens, from product design to nurturing the company culture. He places utmost importance on the people within the organization, recognizing them as the cornerstone of success. His responsibilities encompass various areas, including team leadership and development, ensuring customer satisfaction, financial oversight, strategic partnerships, supply chain management, sales and marketing strategy, regulatory compliance, and sustainability efforts.

 

Progressive Screens boasts an R&D team comprising industry veterans with over a century of combined experience, dedicated to rigorous testing and innovation. Jack emphasizes the significance of listening to customers, valuing their feedback as essential to the company’s growth.

 

Each day begins with Jack’s 15-minute leadership meeting, known as NYKE (Now You Know Everything), emphasizing the importance of communication. He prioritizes visibility and accessibility by conducting regular factory walks, eschewing the confines of the office. Empowering his leadership team, Jack trusts their expertise and decision-making abilities, intervening only when necessary. His commitment to the team’s success is evident as he often extends his workday to ensure tasks are completed efficiently.

Vision and Goals for Progressive Screens

Jack Sharp envisions Progressive Screens maintaining its position as the industry leader while continuously expanding its product lines to better serve customers and grow the company. He emphasizes the importance of intentionality and exceptional customer service in staying ahead in the competitive landscape.

 

Professionally, Jack outlines several goals: he aims to spearhead initiatives to enhance MagnaTrack technology and drive continuous innovation, implement lean management principles and automation to optimize efficiency and reduce waste, increase domestic market share, and explore new global markets for MagnaTrack. Additionally, he focuses on cultivating a top-tier leadership team and mentoring high-potential employees to ensure a strong future leadership pipeline.

 

On a personal level, Jack is committed to continuous learning, leveraging executive coaching to enhance his leadership abilities, engaging with industry leaders and experts to gain insights into emerging trends and potential partnerships, fostering a culture of openness, innovation, and resilience. Moreover, he aims to build a lasting legacy by embedding a culture of innovation, excellence, and exceptional customer service at Progressive Screens, ensuring its long-term success and impact on the industry.

On a Personal Note

Jack Sharp’s primary passions encompass his faith, family, and friends, alongside pursuits such as golf and engaging in healthy debates. He has a keen thirst for learning and embraces opportunities that foster personal growth. As a father to a toddler, Jack finds immense joy in parenthood, although he acknowledges the challenge of balancing professional commitments with family life.

 

Despite striving to leave the office at a reasonable hour, he occasionally feels the weight of unfinished tasks, prompting him to set clear boundaries to ensure presence where it matters most. Jack’s diverse experiences include achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, a testament to his dedication, problem-solving skills, and teamwork.

 

He also brings culinary expertise from his time as a chef in New York City, where he learned the importance of quality, consistency, and hospitality in all circumstances. Moreover, Jack cherishes his role as a husband and father, expressing gratitude for his remarkable wife and their spirited son, who bring immense fulfillment to his life.

Company
PROGRESSIVE SCREENS

 

Management

Jack Sharp

Chief Operating Officer

 

Description

Founded in 2002 by Arthur James, Jr., Progressive Screens is your source for motorized screens. Arthur and his team bring unparalleled experience and knowledge into the screens arena.

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