Marc Sparks’ road to success and recognition as a serial entrepreneur is not the typical story we have come to expect. Graduating high school in 1975 with a C+ average, life experience became his teacher. His book “They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path To Outrageous Success” tells of some of the life experiences, both good and bad, that laid the foundation for his success. Although Marc Sparks had no formal training, his more than 40 years of experience has positioned him to lend his expertise to others in both business and philanthropic endeavors.
Marc Sparks graduated high school in Austin, Texas and now the principal in his private equity firm Timber Creek Capital, LP in Dallas, Texas. He started a software company and sold over $200 million worth of product a year. He says, however, it was more educational to share that he started an insurance holding company in his back bedroom, built it to nearly a billion dollar market cap and lost it all in a 90 day period. This type of experience allowed him to establish the business model and company culture and develop the short term goals and long range plan for business success. Marc Sparks says to be rich to him is having great health, a healthy family, good friends, building successful business from scratch, having hundreds of happy staff members and thousands of happy customers.
Instead of the traditional path to success, such as college, an internship or starter position at a well known firm or corporation and working his way into a leadership role, Marc Sparks garnered his experience from dozens of successful business startups. At Timber Creek Capital, he now helps other entrepreneurs develop their startups through mentoring, advice and funding from various investors. He has acquired a spacious facility to assist passionate, promising entrepreneurs in turning their business ideas and dreams into income producing products and services. Timber Creek Capital provides office space, equipment and a platform for sharing ideas and networking. As a venture capitalist, Mark Sparks started Spark Tank and nurtures 3 startups at a time by offering support staff, marketing, banking advice customer service, accounting, web development and graphic arts. In Sparks Tank, Marc Sparks hopes to promote his keys to running a successful organization; faith, tenacity, passion and a culture of urgency or “Sparks Speed.”
Marc Sparks is of great value to the Dallas, Texas community not only because of his roles as a business leader and mentor to other entrepreneurs, but also for his philanthropy. His effort to support and empower underprivileged youth, he established Sparky’s Kids to help them continue their education. Through this endeavor, the American Can Academy received a donation of one thousand computer for distribution to economically disadvantaged families. He has also supported Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter that houses 160 people a day, for the past 20 years. Through his businesses, his writing and his attempts to live up to the responsibilities God has entrusted him with, Marc Sparks has helped thousands. Marc Sparks believes that working together and helping one another will make the world a better place. Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/They-Cant-Eat-Marc-Sparks/dp/0990495000