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Kent Chamber of Commerce
524 West Meeker Street Suite 1
Kent , Washington 98032
United States

Company Description: To promote and foster business prosperity, the Kent Chamber of Commerce focuses on four pillars: Marketing, Education, Advocacy and Networking. We've helped local...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Green River Community College
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A King County corrections officer takes ..., 22 Jan 2015 [cached]
A King County corrections officer takes Ken Sharp, a former Kent City Councilman, into custody on Thursday after a judge sentenced Sharp to 43 months in prison for stealing money from his mother, Helen Sharp. - STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter
A King County corrections officer takes Ken Sharp, a former Kent City Councilman, into custody on Thursday after a judge sentenced Sharp to 43 months in prison for stealing money from his mother, Helen Sharp.
Ex-Kent City Councilman Ken Sharp on Thursday morning received the maximum sentence of 43 months in prison for stealing more than $470,000 from his 93-year-old mother.
"I'm ashamed for what I've done," Sharp said prior to his sentencing at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. "I apologized to my family for all the heartache and troubles that I've done and I accept responsibility for what I've done.
"While some of the things mentioned may not be completely accurate, the fact is I did it and I'm ashamed, embarrassed and accept responsibility for my actions."
A King County corrections officer handcuffed Sharp and took him into custody after King County Superior Court Judge James Cayce sentenced the Kent businessman.
Sharp had not yet served any jail time.
Sharp, 67, pleaded guilty in June to seven counts of first-degree theft and one count of mortgage fraud. In 38 separate transactions, a total of $479,417.58 had been transferred out of Helen Sharp's account and into Ken Sharp's account between 2008 and 2011.
Relatives of Sharp tipped off police about the thefts. His mother lived in Federal Way at the time of the thefts.
Federal Way Police arrested Sharp in June 2013 but he stayed in his first race for city council and voters elected him over Bailey Stober in a close November 2013 contest.
Sharp resigned in January 2014 after only two weeks in office because of what he said were "pending legal issues I fear will become too distracting for my fellow council members, for the mayor and for city staff."
The thefts started in 2008 after Sharp agreed to help take care of his mother and her financial affairs following her stroke.
Grothe said Sharp used much of the money for trips.
Sharp was a former Kent Chamber of Commerce president.
That action caused a jail officer to tell her to move away from Ken Sharp and exit the courtroom.
Ken ..., 16 Aug 2014 [cached]
Ken Sharp President/Owner (253)852-6020
Andrea moved to Kent in the summer of 2008 to take the position as the CEO of the Kent Chamber of Commerce.
Andrea is active with the Rotary Club of Kent, on the Board of Directors of the Kent Downtown Partnership, Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound and the South Sound Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition.
Events | I Love Kent, Washington, 22 Oct 2013 [cached]
Wade Schwartzand Jim Berrios are running for city council position no. 2, and Bailey Stober and Ken Sharp are running for city council position no. 4.
Three of the candidates, Schwartz, Berrios and Sharp, are Kent business owners, but all four candidates spoke about the importance of balancing the city budget and focusing on economic development.
Ken Sharp said the city continues to look to small businesses to make up budget shortfalls.
"We need to be supportive of businesses...we can't use them as a cash cow," Sharp said.
Sharp, an active member of the Kent Chamber and Kent Downtown Partnership, is the owner of Minute Man Press in Kent. He was recently arrested on seven counts of first-degree theft for allegedly stealing $297,500 from his mother's bank account. He plead not guilty to charges in August.
Schwartz, who owns Blanc 'n Schwartz salon on Meeker St., wants Kent to continue its branding through the Kent Chamber and Kent Downtown Partnership, to condense the railroad tracks in downtown Kent over a five to 20 year period, to think outside the box in terms of revenue streams and to drop the ban on marijuana.
Berrios, owner of the Golden Steer and the current president of the Kent Chamber, said Kent is not perceived as business friendly.
Another hot topic of the debate was homelessness in Kent.
Sharp said he was glad that the Kent Resource Center as a possible homeless site prompted businesses and the community to talk about the issue. He wants to see a focus on homeless women and children. Schwartz also supports the work of Kent HOPE and wants to be sure that we address all populations of the homeless in Kent.
Berrios, who has actively worked to research and address the homeless issue in Kent, said, "As a Christian and a human, we have a moral obligation to not ignore this issue."
While the candidates did not agree on several issues, the debates were polite and the candidates focused on their individual visions for the future of Kent.
Safe, family trick-or-treating at Kent Station in downtown Kent along with a costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for best individual and group costumes.
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Ken Sharp President/Owner Minuteman Press (253)852-6020
2009 Executive Committee Members, 17 Dec 2013 [cached]
Ken Sharp- Past President
Minuteman Press
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