Marc Sparks—Risk-Taker In and Out of Business

Posted on August 31, 2017 in Private Equity Firm

**UPDATE 8/31**

Everything Marc Sparks Touches Turns into Gold

Marc Sparks is a hardworking and talented gentleman who has had great success in his career as an entrepreneur. He has ensured that his experience and skills are utilized by many others whose businesses he helps nurture to the point they can stand on their own. He is the proud founder, proprietor as well as the CEO of Timber Creek, LP, which is a highly respected private equity firm that ensures the dreams of new businesses are valid. This is the art of ensuring that startups get the much-needed fresh start, with his guidance through the teething stages until the business is finally profitable.

 

This respectable gentleman is not only a great entrepreneur, but he also loves giving back to the community through his philanthropic deeds. Marc Sparks has notably been involved with Habitat for Humanity, who are responsible for the construction of affordable houses for those families that are underprivileged. He also takes care of children from poor backgrounds through his Sparkey Kids nonprofit organization. Sparkey Kids is responsible for donating over a thousand laptops to kids from poor backgrounds, which facilitates their great learning curve. Marc has also been known to be involved with The Samaritan Inn since the late 1980’s, which is shelter for homeless people in Texas.

 

Timber Creek LP, the company in which Marc Sparks is a CEO is responsible for making the dreams of many startup businesses come into reality. They provide a great environment for these businesses, in such a manner that people are motivated enough to make sound decisions that propel their business to greater heights. It is this kind of business environment that ensures that business is generating revenue and has an appeal to its niche market. It takes a lot for a startup business to pick and become a competitive business empire, and this is exactly what Timber Creek LP does. They provide the right amount of capital, the right equipment, customer service expertise, networking, office space, legal assistance, networking and definitely their vast experience among many other services.

 

Whenever a business has the assistance of Marc Sparks, it is destined for great success in its respective niche market. Mark Sparks believes that the business environment is very important to anyone running a startup as this is the motivation that inspires people to soar higher. He says that this aspect of having a conducive, quality and collaborative environment while working contributes to more than 25% of all the factors that are vital to the success of a business. This is the reason that made Timber Creek LP to move to a more spacious environment that could accommodate more businesses easily. This allowed them to be able to have 3 startups running in their premises at a time.

 

**UPDATE  7/24**

Marc Sparks Uses His Companies to Empower Startups

When it comes to entrepreneurship and the skills involved, Marc Sparks has been a leading role model. Marc is a serial entrepreneur hailing from Texas Dallas. He is fondly applauded for his commitment to mentoring new as well as seasoned entrepreneurs. Marc has been able to make a name for himself in the industry of business. Throughout his career in business, Marc has developed excellent strategies that business professionals can implement to have successful ventures. Entrepreneur Marc Sparks is an adorable figure to emulate in business. Having been in charge of an auto insurance company as well as multiple restaurants that include startups, Marc has been trusted with the ability to strengthen business that needs to acquire a stellar reputation. Marc understands the importance of high-notch customer service to clients. According to him, it is a fundamental element to consider when starting a business. When offering advice on how to stay in business for a long time, Marc states that it is vital to maintaining composure even when dealing with complex cases that involve clients. Marc is open to the idea of changing several lives in the state.

Contribution

According to the morning edition of USA, Marc Sparks has established an institution that serves as the agency that bridges the gap between clients and business owners. On Tuesday, the organization, through the management made a special announcement concerning its new role in the market as a business facilitator. Marketing Sparks is a new program that offers entrepreneurs an interactive session with experts. The intensive training program provides insight into different developmental structures for business start-ups. The primary objective of these intense sessions at Marketing Sparks is providing communication channels for development ideas. These courses give entrepreneurs the opportunity to work with highly skilled individuals with the aim of making favorable decisions in business. The three-hour sessions offer diplomatic channels for development.

Objective

Marc’s passion is building firms. He often does this through generating ideas that other people find it difficult to construct. Marc maintains multiple portfolios in his companies. Through his private equity firms like Timber Creek Capital, he has been able to take an ideal stand in generating business ideas. Not only does he generate the ideas but also ensure that the approach is adopted and established in business. To make sure that the business idea is compelling, Marc tests the idea in one of his firms. This is the safest way of ensuring that the business idea is viable. With the same business ideas, he sets short-term as well as long-term goals. This is in order to evaluate the performance of the business based on his ideas. According to Sparks, it is easy to publish a book on the business ideas for interested parties to read. This is how he has been instrumental in business development.

 

**UPDATE 6/16**

Marc Sparks Explores Better Working Environments And Wineries

A business environment and local wineries may not seem like traditional bedfellows, but Dallas, Texas based entrepreneur Marc Sparks has recently set out to explain why both of these subjects attract him. Sparks has over 30 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur and investment specialist, and is also well known as a devotee of local wineries in the Dallas area; Sparks is in a strong position to discuss how the wine industry has changed in recent years as he grew 16 acres of grapes to develop his own blended red wine a number of years ago.

Sparks has noticed a number of boutique and startup wineries springing up in the Dallas area that are making their own wines and making Texas a popular destination for those who wish to tour wineries for fun and to expand their knowledge. Not only does Marc Sparks grow his own grapes at his East Texas ranch, but he has also become a well known visitor to many wineries in Texas where he enjoys walking the trails through the vines before setting out to taste many of the different wines on offer from local wineries run by both individuals and families.

It is amazing to think Marc Sparks has the time to set out on any tours of wineries as he has recently been undergoing a change to his offices, that has seen him allow his space to be completely redesigned in an open and more comfortable manner; Sparks believes his office space will allow the startups coming to his Timber Creek Capital LP company to engage in collaboration of the highest quality. Sparks has redesigned his office space with his clients in mind as up to three new business entrepreneurs can use the space at any single time; collaboration is key to bringing fresh ideas to a range of industries that Marc Sparks and his employees look to aid on a regular basis.

Marc Sparks, the author of the best selling book, “They Can’t Eat You”, believes it is important to work in a bright and comfortable space that aids creativity and focus; the major supporter of The Samaritan Inn homeless shelter explains too many startups fail simply by choosing the wrong space for their business that does not aid the creativity and excellent choices he feels are important in achieving continued success.

 

Mediocre School Performance Fails to Predict. Marc Sparks graduated from high school 42 years ago with a C+ average. He developed an acumen for business development that demonstrates the incongruity of grades predicting future success. Sparks has built Timber Creek Capital LP, his Dallas private equity firm, using a simple strategy: Seek fresh product ideas that are hard to develop, and then find an efficient way to produce them.

In the process, a company and culture establish short-term and long-term goals defining success. Fear of failure does not enter the Sparks entrepreneurial development equation. His focus is always on the product endpoint, developing a strategy to reach that point of success.

New Enterprises. Marc Sparks assists business developers in generating start-up cash. Before production begins, a model of business operation must be developed, and then resources to flesh out the model comes. In the case of Timber Creek Capital LP, companies are invited into the company’s facilities and their ideas given a chance to grow. “As a … student of what it takes to succeed in this world, I have found that a quality, conducive and collaborative work environment is no less than 25% of the overall ingredients necessary to succeed,”

Sparks notes. Perception and success are birthed in a “positive” facility environment allowing fostering of collaboration and output. This process of nurture and performance has been repeated for 35 years. Combining access to mentors, facilities, funding, marketing, etc., develops success. Sparks seeks “to help entrepreneurs build their dream and companies to critical mass through my experience.”

Venture Capitalists and Outsider Focus. Sparks is a venture capitalist. Venture capitalists seek profit-generating unique innovation. Product demand argues for additional company funding to access more profit for investors.

The catch is for the company seeking more funds to demonstrate that new funds will build the company. Presentation of business concept, strategy for implementation, and assurance that the investment will bring success relies on presentation. Sparks develops new enterprises by fostering preparation, presentation, and fulfillment of product “dreams” for investors.

Work Beyond. Sparks understands risk and fulfillment. His understanding of risk involves people, and his interest in activities beyond the business world involves commitment to them, e.g., support of youth to obtain graduation from high school, the home-stressed via hands-on activities in building homes with Habitat for Humanity, or the homeless via support of The Samaritan Inn, a Dallas shelter.

His role may be defined by a quote of Jesus taken from Luke 12:48 on Sparks’ website: “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.”

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George Soros Epic Return to Politics

Posted on August 29, 2017 in Business Business Leader

George Soros has made a name for himself in the political arena over the past several decades. The billionaire investor has become one of the most prominent political activists in the world thanks to his focus on core democratic values and his willingness to open his pocketbook in order to make sure that those values are heard. George Soros is the founder of the Soros Hedge Fund as well as one of the most generous philanthropic endeavors of all time: the Open Society Foundations. George Soros is a progressive voice and one of the few billionaires willing to stand up and stare the threat of Donald Trump right in the face.

George Soros returned to politics much like a phoenix rising up from the ashes. For the past two decades George Soros has been operating on the sidelines, largely focusing on developing grassroots political efforts in order to give the American people more of a say in their local and national government. The last time that Soros spent big money in order to try and get involved in a national election was when he backed Al Gore’s campaign run against George W. Bush. Now, Soros is once more getting back into the fight thanks to the rise of the blowhard reality TV show candidate, Donald Trump.

George Soros and Donald Trump could not differ more unless it was opposite day. George Soros jumped into the political realm in order to back Hillary Clinton as well as the rest of the progressive nominees up and down the ticket. Soros knew that there was simply too much going on and too much at stake to sit this election out. He didn’t want to be someone who sat idly by when he had the ability to make a change. So, Soros would leap in and bring nearly $25 million in donations to Clinton and other Democrats making their political runs. These donations largely went to immigrant rights groups, voting rights groups, and minority protections PACs while also giving to Clinton’s own political action committee.

Born and raised in Hungary, George Soros saw first hand what dangerous nationalism could do to a country and to the people living within it. In 1944, when Soros was just a boy, his country was invaded and summarily occupied by the Nazis. Over the following year nearly half of million Hungarian born Jews would be murdered for their background. Soros and his family, after saving many people, would be forced to flee to London. In London Soros would study the philosophy of Karl Popper and turn it into what makes him tick today. Now, Soros is focused on making as big of a change as possible in this world with the time and money at his disposal.

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The Reputation of Securus Technology

Posted on August 28, 2017 in Prison Communication

Securus Technologies is a company that provides inmate technology solutions to foster correction, investigation, and proper inmate management. For the company, they are always delighted by the fact that they are the leader in technology solutions in the inmate industry. That is the reason why they have proven to be the best through their numerous technical challenges to other companies in the industry. The Better Business Bureau also accredits Securus Technologies for their consistent technology sessions with their clients. For one to be accredited with an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, they must have portrayed a high-end customer satisfaction index that is unmatched in the industry.

 

Securus Technologies provides leading criminal justice technology and edge civil solutions that are intended to modernize the correctional space as well as improve public safety. Thousands of correctional agencies, law safety companies, and public safety firms have sought to incorporate Securus Technologies as their better business partner when it comes to the correctional experience. These companies rely on Securus Technologies to simple, secure, and powerful technology solutions that are always easy to use and accessible in a wide range of solutions fitted to suit your intended needs of use.

 

With hundreds of engineer scores and numerous patents, Securus Technologies has worked to hire the services of a wide range of engineers thinkers designed to innovate solutions and designers who work to develop the advancement of technology in this industry. The company has a high-end technology implication that is unmatched in the industry. Securus Technologies is also committed to becoming the best technology provider for those seeking faster income solutions. While they continue to maintain high-end solutions in superior customer service, Securus Technologies has been awarded as the best inmate technology company in the country. The company was also awarded due to their commitment to respond to any emergency tenaciously.

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A Lack of New Teachers Effects Urban American Schools

Posted on August 25, 2017 in Education Public Education Public Education in America Qualified Public School Teacher

The declining rate of qualified new public school teachers in urban American school districts has reached problematic proportions in the last few years. As a result, schools all over the country are experiencing a sharp decline in funding and performance as well as an increase in the dropout rate. According to Jason Amos (Alliance for Excellent Education), this phenomenon costs the United States approximately $260,000 in worker productivity as well as unrealized wages and taxes (http://teachereducation.steinhardt.nyu.edu/new-teachers-urban-schools-dropouts/).

The number of undergraduate students enrolled in education-focused programs dropped by almost one-third between 2010 and 2014. Instead, undergrads are focusing on more lucrative careers such as those found in the technology or financial sector. The consequence of this sharp reduction in new teachers is that many job positions go unfilled, especially in urban areas. This especially holds true for teachers who specialize in special needs learning, English-language learning, and all of the subjects that encompass the sciences.

To attract more college students into education-focused programs, schools will have to repackage the career of teaching as something to be desired. Currently, programs have been established that that have a focus on solving regional and local issues through teaching. Students who are community minded might reconsider a career in teaching if they feel like their efforts will make a difference in the current and future lives of community members.

Another solution to the problem of the insufficient number of new teachers will be an increase in school funding and an expansion of school curriculum. Offering competitive salaries and curriculum will attract new teachers that may have an interest in teaching but feel that the pay-scale is too low to sustain an acceptable standard of living.

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Improve Test Scores with Better Nutrition

Posted on August 24, 2017 in Education Public Education Public Education in America Student Nutrition

The pressure to improve test scores brings higher requirements of children at earlier ages. Yet, studies have shown that homework and study alone do not contribute to test score improvement. Many social and economic factors play a part in the success of students as well. Proper nutrition, in particular, contributes to concentration, energy, and mood stabilization of students. As communities and schools work to build programs that support proper nutrition for all students, students will better be able to improve their academic performance.

Eating a balanced diet contributes to healthy brain chemistry. Protein for building enzymes, omega fatty acids for proper nerve function, and B-12 for brain development are all a part of eating a balanced diet. But one in eight homes in the United States do not have food stability. Children are showing up to school hungry, and they aren’t getting the nutrition they need at home.

Children, like adults, can’t fully concentrate on their work if they stomachs are growling. Without the ability to focus on school work, students without enough food are falling behind. Not only that, behavior and mood are affected by unmet dietary needs. When well fed, students are less likely to be tired and grumpy, which helps to keep them out of trouble.

Knowing the powerful impact food can have performance in school, a greater push needs to take place to provide equal access to nutrition. Not only can student lunches be healthier but programs that offer breakfast can help children start off the day on the right foot. School districts around the nation are implementing simple programs to improve and enhance the food choices. Salad bars where students can take as many fruits and vegetables as they want are one of the easiest places to start. Breakfast programs, while not everywhere, are taking hold as well.

As communities, schools, and families work together academic and behavioral performance will increase. Hopefully, bringing rising test scores with them.

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Tips That Make A Good Investment According To Igor Cornelsen

Posted on in Tips in Investing

Update 8/24/2017:

Igor Cornelsen has recently been tapped up by Positive Facts to talk about economic opportunities in Brazil.  Definitely worth the read, to see how Brazil’s economy is recovering, and ways that you can take advantage as they continue to grow.

Currently working for Bainbridge Investments Inc, Igor Cornelsen has made a name for himself in the investment industry something many people have not been able to do. People have referred to him by different names such as the King of investments, biggest stock market entrepreneur and so on. What these names and identities have in common is the acknowledgment of his participation in the stock industry in an article by about.me. His main reason for joining Bainbridge Investments Inc was to find a way which is exciting and creative enough to bring about success in the near future. The stock market is always changing considering more businesses are putting their stocks in the stock market thus it is always advised for every investor to be on his/her toes. Not many people can decide to venture into investments or make investing their professional career, but Igor Cornelsen believes he was born for the Investment Industry.

Apart from golf, another hobby Cornelsen enjoys doing is Investing. Not only is investing his professional career but also a hobby he engages in most of his time. When asked the secret behind his weapon Igor has always said his weapon has always been the Brazilian market as written on Twitter. This explains the reasons he spends half of his time on a plane heading to Brazil, and if he isn’t in Brazil, he is in Florida. The reason he has always opted to operate with the Brazilian market is the mere fact that it’s the fifth biggest in the world and many people overlook it without considering how they can benefit from it.

Before engaging in the investment industry, Igor was once a banker but decided to retire in 2010 and venture in the investment sector. What he knows about the stock market is much more than what other people know. He shares his knowledge with people who aspire to be like him and the upcoming stoke brokers or investors at http://www.jusbrasil.com.br/topicos/64228355/igor-cornelsen.

Igor Cornelsen is viewed as a wise man and this why he has gained respect in the industry on snappages.com. He understands how hard it is for beginners and that is why he is never selfish in sharing what enabled him to reach where he is now. If everybody was ready to share the secret behind his success, you can only imagine how the world would be a perfect place.

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San Francisco Schools Ban Students From Drinking Chocolate Milk

Posted on August 23, 2017 in Education Public Education Public Education in America

School lunches have been notoriously unhealthy and disgusting since the beginning of time. But San Francisco schools are trying to change the unhealthy part by cutting out a lot of sugar in the lunches. Baked sweets like cookies and brownies are forbidden, as are soft drinks and candy. Chocolate milk is the next item to go. Effective in August, public elementary and middle schools will not be served flavored milk, which often has as high as 40% of a child’s daily sugar need. High schools will have them banned in the spring.

San Francisco is not the first city to try this. Los Angeles schools tried it in 2011 in an effort to make lunch healthier. However, after they saw a lot of kids throwing out or wasting unopened cartons of plain milk, they got flavored milk again. When the school restocked flavored milk, milk waste fell 23 percent.

The high levels of milk waste is not something to take lightly. Not only does it waste money and resources, but high levels of food waste contributes to problems like global warming by releasing methane. However, giving children the option to opt out of milk would probably solve this issue.

People debate whether or not banning school lunch is actually healthier for children and conflicting studies exist. San Francisco officials claimed they did a study to test their ban before putting it in place and found that milk consumption dipped only slightly. However, a study done by Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab implies that banning flavored milk actually decreases children’s milk consumption significantly.

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Educational Television Gives Traditional Shows a Facelift

Posted on August 22, 2017 in Digital Transformation Education Educational Television Public Education Public Education in America

The face of educational television may have changed over the years, but there are still some recognizable standards out there that many parents enjoyed when they were young. The key to children’s educational television—create something kids love that doesn’t make parents crazy. There’s a reason the likes of Calliou are not still on today. Many of the children’s shows that parents love are the ones that they themselves grew up watching, only now they have a slightly different look.

Take Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood for example. Mr. Rogers is long gone and we all miss him, but this spin-off has Mr. Rogers charm with the fun cast of characters children loved in the original. Only this time, they’re animated instead of puppets.

Sesame Street is another standby that still plays a significant role in children’s television. They manage to stay relevant by adding characters that fit and address a modern demographic. While some older characters, sorry Snuffleupagus, rarely make appearances, they’ve been replaced with a diverse cast of characters like Rosita, Zoe, and Abby Cadabby. But don’t worry, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch still play an important part of educating the next generation.

Another classic children’s show that manages to stay relevant is Reading Rainbow. With an ever happy host in Levar Burton, children still explore the ins and outs of their favorite books. As technology has taken over the book world it’s nice to see this show embrace and encourage learning in a modern setting. Who can forget the catchy phrase, “Take a look, it’s in a book.”

While there are some newcomers on the scene like Wild Kratts and Peg + Kat, it’s reassuring to know that some educational television allows parents to connect through shared experience. Sitting down with your child to watch an episode of Sesame Street is something that builds bonds and lets parent relive their childhood.

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Market America CEO JD Ridinger

Posted on in Business Business Leader digital marketing

James Howard Ridinger and his wife Lauren Ridinger were top performing Amway distributors. In 1992 they decided to found Market America. They headquartered Market America in Greensboro North Carolina. Within 9 years of founding Market America, JD Ridinger, Market America CEO, employed over 650 workers. JD designed his company to be a multi-level marketing company that would become solely internet based. His company now distributes products to several countries around the world.

 

Market America CEO JD Ridinger and his wife Lauren aim to offer a wide variety of products that their consumer base will enjoy. Market America retails jewlery, clothing, household goods, health and wellness products, pet products, auto care, dietary supplements, water purifiers, coffees and other products. JD bought the domain name shop.com from microsoft, this domain acquisition enables for all of his products to be bought from one online store.

 

In 2008, Jd Ridinger announced that he was able to acquire iMirus. This acquisition resulted in the production of a Market America Newsstand. Newspapers, books and magazines were now available through Market America in both digital and print formats.

 

JD and his wife Lauren currently live in Miami Beach Florida. They enjoy spending their summers in New York and visiting with their two daughters Amanda and Amber. JD is a family man who also a proud grandfather of two grandchildren Ayden and Ayva and when he isn’t working he enjoys spending time with them.

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Karl Heideck’s Move To Tame Employee Exploitation

Posted on in Expert Legal Advisor

On its move to improve the remuneration equality across all sectors in Philadelphia, the city’s Mayor Jim Kenney recently appended his signature on a new law. The law barred any employer from asking their prospects for their past salary history.

While this may have been received with a sigh of relieving by the city’s job seekers, private sector employers started crying foul and condemning the law. Almost weeks before the implementation, a legal case was already in the court spear-headed by the local Chamber of Commerce. They claimed that the salary law was unconstitutional.

According to hackronym.com, the actions of the Chamber of Commerce may have foreseen the range of effects of the law. The regulation had been structured by the Human Resource Management is such a way that it could help reduce the wage disparity in Pennsylvania.

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Under the ordinance, employers would no longer;

– Acquire prospect’s salary data without his/her permission even through independent sources
– No punishing any prospect who fails to disclose their salary data
– No longer list job seeker’s data as mandatory
– Ask for prospects salary history directly

The law affected almost every employer in town and those even outside Philly. If found guilty of the above, the perpetrator risks paying $2000 in fines.

Besides the Chambers of Commerce going to court, Comcast Communications joined in threatening to sue the City. This crippled the implementation of the regulation, and many started questioning its future.

The city of Philly later decided to postpone the implementation of the law but then went to court to have the lawsuit against the salary law dismissed on the grounds that it the complaints didn’t specify any direct effects on the businesses.

The court concurred with the city’s opinion and later made a ruling that the Champers had failed to prove how they would be affected directly by the ordinance.

Though the city won, it’s not clear whether the law will still face opposition in future considering the technological advancements that employers can still use as the back door.

About Karl Heideck

Karl Heideck has been practicing law for decades now. Karl Heideck has been on the Hire Counsel list since the year 2015 where he operates around Greater Philadelphia Area. Among Karl Heideck many prominent positions is at Pepper Hamilton LLP and Conrad O’Brien.

Karl Heideck is a learned friend; he has a bachelor’s degree in arts from Swarthmore College where he graduated in 2003. Karl Heideck is also an alumnus of James E. Beasley School of Law with Juris Doctor.

Learn more about Karl Heideck: http://weeklyopinion.com/2017/08/child-car-seat-law-in-pennsylvania-karl-heideck-explains/

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