Sharon (Clayton) Amezcua is the Co-Founder of ESE Partners, LLC and ESE Fund Ltd., a financial services company (and associated private equity fund) that builds and invests in emerging and established companies in targeted sectors across the world. Sharon is also the Co-Founder of SSG, LLC, a technology transfer company managed by five women at the top of their fields and initially created to build companies in the US and the Middle East/North Africa region of the globe. ESE and SSG both have a strong focus on traditional industries converging with new technologies particularly in technology/media/telecommunications, healthcare, alternative energy and financial services.
Sharon holds a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Florida. Sharon has almost 30 years of experience in creating and growing businesses. Previously, as Co- Founder, Co-Chairman and CEO of MCC Global NV, an old-style merchant bank that she and her team built and took public on the Frankfurt stock exchange, Sharon developed a proprietary “de-risking” process for emerging and established companies which had an unmatched track record of success. Sharon also gained extensive fund management experience at MCC Global in her role as the Vice Chairman of Moore Clayton Capital Advisors, Inc. and Vice President of Equus II, MCC Global’s fund management company and its NYSE-listed fund, respectively.
Prior to establishing MCC Global, Sharon owned Presentations, an international strategic advisory firm. The firm specialized in working with senior executives to set strategy, formulate business planning and implement strategies for emerging and established companies such as New Energy, Inc. which grew from a start-up to a $1B revenue run rate in 18 months. It was sold to a large conglomerate and is still the largest deregulated energy services company in the US.
Prior to launching Presentations, Sharon was the International Vice President of Business Development for Dimax Controls Company, Inc., a multi-national energy engineering company based in Toronto, Ontario. She also previously held these positions early in her career: Director of Business Development for the financial services and commercial real estate industries at Johnson Controls, Inc., Sales Manager at Marriott’s Bay Point Resort, Director of Sales at TrimbleHouse Corporation and Account Manager/Private Banking at the First National Bank of Atlanta which became Wachovia.
Sharon’s international leadership in strategy, management, business development, corporate finance and investment banking for emerging and established companies has and continues to produce companies with a sustainable competitive advantage, a differentiated business model and significant returns for shareholders. Over the past 30 years and in her role as investor, advisor, operator and/or Board Director for many American, Canadian, UK, European, Middle Eastern, African, Asian and New Zealand-based public and private companies, Sharon has assisted in building and financing more than 500 companies. Currently settled in La Jolla, California with her husband, former CBS news anchor and San Diego news professional, Carlos Amezcua, Sharon lived and worked around the globe for the past 25+ years and is credited with conceptualizing and executing major accelerator mixed use master plan projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.