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

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.

The Amazing Brian Bonar

Innovate, re-invent and focus. That is that motto that guides the life of the highly skilled, well-educated Brian Bonar. And Bonar has done just that. After attending James Watt Technical College from 1963 to 1969 to do his undergraduate work, he went on to Stafford University where he earned a Masters in Mechanical Engineering.

But for Brian Bonar that was just the beginning. He has gone on to play leadership roles in a number of major corporations while continuing to use his creativity and opportunities to build organizations and help many people to grow personally and professionally.

According to Dalrada and PR News Wire, Brian Bonar has a wide and varied skill set. Some of the skills which have made him in high demand in business include his ability to handle turn around management, his expertise in finance, sourcing, recruiting, and private equity, and his ability to create effective marketing strategy and process improvement.

Bonar is also known for his work in Mergers & Acquisitions and sales and his success working with start-ups, restructuring, and attracting venture capital. He is also outstanding when it comes to new business development, lead generation, and employee relations.

His experience working in business is very diverse. He worked with IBM as a procurement manager from April 1969 until March 1985 outsourcing mother boards for IBM pc’s. Bonar then took a position as Director of Engineering for QMS. From April 1985 until he left the company 4 years later, he managed their team of hardware and software development engineers. In June 1989 he left QMS to become Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Rastek Corporation. There he handled the company’s sales of printing technology worldwide.

Bonar’s next job was as sales manager for Adaptec where he helped to create and maintain working relationships with some of the best known major Korean and Japanese printer manufacturers. After 13 months, Bonar felt he needed a new challenge. He became founder and CEO of Bezier Systems and launched the first printer that was SCSI based.

In 1995 he was back working with Korean and Japanese printer manufacturers as sales and marketing vice president for itec imaging technologies. In 2008 he left itec to become president of Allegiant Professional Business Services. He held the position for 2 years.

Two other companies Bonar created and ran were AMS Outsourcing and Dalrada Financial Services. He held the companies for 6 and 16 years respectively. While retaining control of Dalrada, Bonar is also chairman and CEO of Trucept, a San Diego, CA based company which specializes in temporary staffing, insurance products and a host of other services.

Additional info can be obtained below:

http://people.equilar.com/bio/brian-bonar-trucept–inc./salary/470203#.Vye_cEURW4E
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