Entrepreneur, Businessman, And Philanthropist Mark Sparks And The Spark Tank Program

Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur, businessman, venture capitalist, and philanthropist. Currently living in Dallas, Texas, Sparks controls Timber Creek Capital and several other companies. He has made his mark in real estate, business solutions, and telecommunications.

Some of the telecommunications company he has worked with include Cardinal Telecom, Blue Jay Wireless, and Splash Media. Sparks is currently working on the book ‘They Can’t Eat You’. It is designed to encourage people to start their own businesses by showing how he, a C student, was able to become a successful businessman.

But Marc Sparks is interested in doing much more than just starting business and making money. He is also a caring individual that gives generously of his time, talent, and resources and is involved with a number of philanthropic activities in and around the Dallas area.

Sparks supports Dallas area high school magnet programs through participation in the American Can! Academy. For almost two decades he has derived great pleasure in helping the homeless by his involvement with a local homeless shelter called the Samaritan Inn. He has also helped to build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

These days Marc Sparks is deeply involved in a new project. It is called Spark Tank and its goal is to help make the world a better place by empowering social entrepreneurs.

So far 14 non-profit organizations in Denton, Grayson, and Collin counties as well as the Dallas Metroplex have submitted applications for the Spark Tank Social Innovation Challenge. The winning organization is chosen based on the meaningful work it does in the community.

On April 27, three organizations were given an opportunity to make a presentation to the Spark Tank panel. They were the House of Eli, Dogs Matter, and Metro Relief. House of Eli provides transitional housing, job skills training, and educational support for 17-21 year old boys that were in foster care.

Dogs Matter offers the pets of alcoholics and addicts care services until their masters complete their therapy. Metro Relief operates a mobile soup kitchen for the homeless and connects them with the services they need to get back on their feet.  Learn more about Marc Sparks: http://whoismarcsparks.com/ and http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1132595
A great thing happened during the time the finalist waited together to see which organization would be declared the winner. The three organizations decided they would collaborate and share their resources. In the end, the panel declared Dogs Matter the winner and given them a $5,000 check. But all three organizations benefited from the experience.

The deadline for the next round of applications is July 15. To qualify the organization must have 501c3 status and have been involved in providing social services for the Greater Dallas area for two years. Nationals organizations are not eligible to participate.

Click the links below to read more:

They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path To Outrageous Success
Marc Sparks’s Books and Publications Spotlight

Hedge Fund Transactions Were Up In 2015 According To Madison Street Capital’s CEO

The fascinating and financial rewarding hedge fund industry is going through a transition period according to some of the top hedge fund managers in the business. Hedge funds have been selling oil and other big name stocks and turning around and buying gold in the first quarter of 2016. Madison Street Capital, a Chicago-based investment firm, released the hedge fund transactions report in the merger and acquisition sector of the industry recently, and those figures look promising. In a PRNewswire press release, Charles Botchway, the CEO of Madison Street Capital, said there were 42 completed hedge fund deals in 2015, and that was ten more than the 2014 results. The volume of those transactions was 27 percent higher than the 2014 figures. Botchway also said 2016 could be another record breaking year for hedge fund mergers and acquisition.

Madison Street Capital specializes in portfolio valuations, Merger and acquisition financial advice, capital introduction, and financial restructuring. CEO Botchway and COO Anthony Marsala are considered experts that provide a full-service approach to the hedge fund merger and acquisition industry. The hedge fund industry needs all the help it can get in 2016, according to COO, Tony Marsala. More hedge fund will consolidate in 2016 and some funds like Visium Asset Management, a $8 billion fund, will shut down completely. Visium like other funds has been under the government’s microscope for some time, and the manager of that fund decided to shut down rather than face the constant scrutiny that some hedge funds are experiencing this year.

Charles Botchway has more than 20 years of experience in the merger and acquisition industry. He and Chief Operating Officer Tony Marsala have won numerous industry awards for their ability to put companies together that needed help. Madison Street Capital is considered one of best investment companies in the country when it comes to getting retail and wholesale companies together. Madison Street Capital also has an extended merger and acquisition program that matches foreign companies with companies in the United States.

The biggest challenge in the merger and acquisition market in 2016 is the oil market. Botchway thinks more small oil companies will merge because of the crude prices. Many of the small oil companies don’t have a choice, according to Botchway because the price of crude isn’t going to improve in 2016. But even though the oil market is down, other segments of the U.S. economy are strong. Tech companies and online companies have been driving the merger and acquisition sector, and that should continue, according to Mr. Botchway. http://madisonstreetcapital.org/

Donald Trump Needs Some Reputation Help

While Hilary Clinton calls Donald Trump’s foreign policies approach “dangerously incoherent”, many Americans support his stance. From the mouth of his opponent and greatest competition (Hilary Clinton), Donald Trump would engage in risky decisions in regards to foreign policy, which she thinks could create conflict with allies of the United States. From the Democratic view, Donald Trump does not have a good reputation and is thought to be a “liar” and not a man of integrity.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-donald-trump_us_57508150e4b0eb20fa0d31f9

Quite simply, she represents all that our agenda aims to fix.” As a Republican representative, he is essentially making the point that Donald Trump’s reputation is conservative and one that seeks the best interest of “We the People” (the Republic).

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/02/politics/paul-ryan-endorses-donald-trump/index.html?sr=twCNN060216paul-ryan-endorses-donald-trump0736PMVODtopLink&linkId=25129064

According to another article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-cnn_us_57505d41e4b0eb20fa0d07d8, Trump has the reputation of changing his viewpoint on many issues. The article states that he has the “tendency to radically switch positions and deny previous statements”. This would lead many readers to believe that he has a reputation of being fickle. According to this review from ReputationDefender, he’s going to have a hard time fixing that reputation.

As a pacifist and fellow American citizen, I seek to support and be an advocate for the person that I feel will help lead Americans into greater Security (both nationally and internationally) and eliminate war across the globe.

Stephen Murray: The Person and the Businessman

Stephen P. Murray’s death is, of course, incredibly sad and one that really shook his close personal friends, family, and colleagues to the core. It’s not every day that a man like Stephen P. Murray comes along. They are what we call a rare-breed.

He leaves behind an incredible legacy as former president and CEO of private equity firm CCMP Capital. Our legacy and reputation is what we leave behind when we pass. This is a tough one because he was so young and had so much more ahead of him. However, because of his reputation and the kind of person he was, he might be gone but he will surely never be forgotten. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://nypost.com/2015/03/13/ccmps-murray-dead-at-52/

There is an old expression that I’m quite fond of and that is “People will forget what you did to them, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” When it comes to Stephen Murray, he made a whole lot of people feel very, very good. He went out of his way to do so with his philanthropy work. Read more: 5 Questions with Stephen Murray, CEO of CCMP Capital and The Exponential Growth of CCMP Capital Under Stephen Murray’s Leadership

He felt it was a responsibility when you come into good fortune. There is no need for fancy cars or big equipment. It is about using that money for good and helping out others. That is why his reputation is so profound and so rock solid.

As far as a person, he had four sons and a lovely wife in Tami A. Murray. They were proud residents of Stamford, Connecticut – Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://rcactrack.com/2016/01/01/ccmp-capital-resumes-business-after-death-of-stephen-murray/. As far as the company he worked for CCMP Capital, many believe he was a big part of their success. There is another expression that some things you have to work really hard at and some things come naturally to you.

With Stephen Murray, this type of business just seemed to be natural for him. That is not to say he didn’t work, because he worked incredibly hard. However, the actual business side and the working came natural.

That was an invaluable trait and something that simply can’t be taught or learned. It’s either within you or it is not. With Stephen Murray, he had that “it” factor. When you think of Stephen, please remember all the good he did as both a person and as a businessman.

Fabletics is Taking the World by Storm

The fashion world is changing, and there are some major players behind the changes that are happening. Fabletics is a brand that has managed to get a lot of buzz. People are talking about this on social media. There are also blogs that people are going to use to talk about Fabletics. The person that is doing the most talking, however, is the Fabletics co-founder, Kate Hudson.

She is doing her very best to make Fabletics a brand that stands out among the rest. Kate Hudson is working hard to make this brand stand out. She is opening stores and modeling the clothes. What may become her most effective marketing vehicle, however, is the interviews with magazines. This is where she shines the most. That is where she is giving people access to her brand with details about the clothes.

Fabletics is the brand that has managed to keep things interesting in the workout industry. There are many people that are getting a feel for the brand because it is showing on the bodies of women that are in malls. Women that are out to lunch are wearing their gear. That is why it has become so popular. It is getting noticed by people that would not necessarily go out to the gym.

It may be surprising, but some people may even be able to wear some Fabletics outfits to work. That is something that has become a big surprise because most workout clothes just do not fit this type of profile. Fabletics is a brand that has managed to get a lot of buzz because it fits into many environments that traditional workout clothes will not fit into. That is what Kate Hudson wanted to do when she started working on the website. This is a reality for her now. It is quite obvious that people are going to want to see more of this brand because it is going to be ideal for so many customers.
See: http://www.bustle.com/articles/152273-when-is-fabletics-swimwear-coming-out-start-planning-for-the-beach-now-photos

Women are still shopping vigorously on the website, but that is not the only place that you will find customers that want the review she wrote. There are more stores that are opening up, and Hudson knows that this will present more opportunities for people to try on the Fabletics clothes.

The Fabletics brand is something that is hot right now, and a lot of female consumers are reading the magazines like Marie Claire to find out more about the brand. It is set to become a staple in American workout gear.
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