Marc Sparks-Sparking Social Change With Spark Tank

Marc Sparks, well-known business man, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author of “They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path To Outrageous Success,” started Spark Tank as a means to help the Dallas Fort Worth community to substantially gain social benefits by awarding funding to not for profit groups/organizations. The goal is to help others change the world one community at a time by awarding $5000 grants to one winner out of applicants who apply for the grant.

Sparks has multiple successful businesses, is a venture capitalist and seeks to help other entrepreneurs turn their passions and dreams into reality. He has been involved in the telecommunications industry, including Splash Media, Cardinal Telecom and Blue Jay Wireless. He’s involved in real estate and is founder of the private equity firm, Timber Creek Capital LP.

According to his book at Amazon, 15 years ago, Sparks met Lynne Sipiora and together they took a small shelter located in a rundown house and turned it into a $3000,000 yearly operation that feeds and houses hundreds of people a day. The Samaritan Inn has been helping the homeless and hungry since the late 1980’s.

The two also built the first transitional apartment complex in North Texas as well as opened a prospering thrift store. They also have a $7000,000 shelter for families that is under construction even now.

Sipiora persuaded Marc Sparks on the idea that if they had the funding needed there are countless social service oriented entrepreneurs who think outside of the box with ideas that are creative and passionate who can create extraordinary social success. Hence Spark Tank began.

Applicants have to have no less than two years of history being a 501c3 status and be providing a service to the community. Applicants compete for the $5000 grant by applying online. Each applicant then meets in person with the Spark Tank panel personally where they will give a ten minute presentation and then participate in a 10 minute question and answer period. Read more: Marc Sparks – About.me and Marc Sparks’s Books and Publications Spotlight

Applicants are judged on the need for their program/charity, their ability to measure their charity’s outcome and how well their presentation presents their passion, creativity and desire to make a difference.

Round one includes all those who have applied for the grant, after the first round the field of applicants are narrowed down to three finalists. The winner of the grant is then chosen in the second round.

The most recent three finalists included; House of Eli a group that provides transitional living for boys 17-21 who are coming out of the foster system; Metro Relief which is mobile soup kitchen that goes to those who are homeless and provide food and other things they are in need of to help turn their lives around, and DogsMatter which is a program the gives temporary foster care for addicts and alcoholics pets who are in recovery.

Marc Sparks has taken his faith, focus, passion and desire to make a difference and put it to work helping others to change the community one step at a time.

The world of Andy Wirth

Born on July 25, 1963, in Neubrucke, Germany, Andy had a humble and noble upbringing. His grandfather Conrad Wirth was the United States National Park Service director thus his family was well off financially. He was a kind and conscientious kid who was highly reliable among his peers. He had an aesthetic appreciation for others hence usually placed other people’s needs in front of his.

Andy Wirth was a person who valued knowledge and competence hence attended Colorado State University where he advanced with a Bachelor of Science degree; he later joined Edinburg University to further his studies in this competitive world.  Learn more about Andy Wirth:  https://about.me/andywirth

With an unwavering sense of responsibility and duty, Andy worked at Rocky Mountain National Park as a backcountry ranger, at San Pedro Park as a wilderness ranger and also at Hot Shot Land Fire Crew in Northern Mexico.

Andy Wirth then began a career at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation in 1986. His strong personality and drive to achieve more made him rise up in the ranks of the company (mostly in the marketing department). He operated there for more than 20 years before the company was purchased by Intrawest.

The management quickly realized his potential and made him the Chief Marketing Officer. He also became the executive vice president of sales and marketing where he managed both domestic and global market strategies. He worked there until 2010.

It became evident that Andy Wirth was a natural leader and Squad Valley offered him a top managerial position. Cushing family had been managing the company for the past 16years before they passed it to Andy Wirth.

Andy immediately embarked on a $70 million upgrade of the company hence bringing it on level par with fellow competing skiing areas. Andy’s impact was felt a year later when the resort was named amongst the top 20% of the skiing industry. Squaw Valley later merged with Alphine Meadows Ski Resort with Andy being the CEO of both.

The managerial job does not stop Andy from focusing on philanthropy; he has contributed to the communal and environmental service at Lake Tahoe and its surroundings.

Donald Trump’s Reputation Delivers Lovers and Haters on Both Sides of the Aisle

Donald Trump is a man who is either hated or loved by those who know him. Since he is running to be President of the United States, he has made many of his views open. Women don’t seem to like him all that well because he has made it seem as though the gender can’t get anything accomplished. When it comes to his reputation with Muslims and Mexicans, they aren’t really for him because he has made statements about sending those who are here illegally back to their home countries.

There are a few people who tend to like Trump’s ideas and have improved his reputation. The people who have money enjoy that Trump hasn’t needed to use his own money during his campaign. Trump has made it clear that his reputation as a man of wealth is known as he hasn’t needed to venture out to get donations. He is a business leader and has vowed to make changes in the country, which is something that needs to be done and has boosted his reputation.

Trump is often seen as a man of action. His reputation with hotels and businesses shows that he knows how to lead in some areas. He’s never been in charge of a country, and that is something that supporters and those who are against Trump will likely keep in mind when they head to the polls.

 

Sources: Forbes.com

CCMP CAPITAL: STEPHEN MURRAY’S BLUEPRINT

CCMP Capital is an equity investment firm that is based in New York. The company was established as JPMorgan Chase in 1984 before the name changed as a result of a spinout in 2006. The company was created by Stephen Murray and he served as the president and CEO of the company. Since it was founded, the company has had a net asset worth of more than $16 billion. The company also prides itself with having created employment for over fifty people in the USA.

Born on 2nd August 1952, Stephen Murray worked hard to reach the top. He grew up in a suburb in the city of New York in Westchester County. He graduated from Boston ollege with a Bachelor’s degree in arts. He then received a Master’s degree from Columbia University. After his studies, Murray began his career in 1984 when he was recruited to work as a credit intern at Manufacturers Hannover Trust Co. in New York. Steve rose through the ranks due to his work ethics. He was appointed the vice president in charge of middle market lending.

He later joined MH Equity Corporation, which is one of the companies that came together to become CCMP Capital in the year 1989. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://patch.com/connecticut/stamford/stephen-p-murray-52-financial-executive-stamford-resident-vice-chair-boston-college-board-trustees

Since its inception, CCMP has had a change of name several times. In 1991, Manufacturers Hanover was acquired by Chemical Bank while Chase Manhattan Corporation came together with MH Equity in 1996. The two mergers formed what Chase Capital Partners was. In the year 2000, the company changed its name once more to become JPMorgan.

It stayed so until 2005 when Stephen Murray led a breakout from the company where he was the then head of the firm’s buyout business. The spinout led to Steve forming CCMP Capital as a partner. CCMP was formed in 2006 and in the next year, Murray was appointed the CEO at the company.

Over his long career, Murray has worked on boards of several companies. They include; Generac Power Systems, Warner Chilcott, Pinnacle Foods, Cabela’s, The Vitamin Shoppe, and Aramark among others. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://nypost.com/2015/03/13/ccmps-murray-dead-at-52/

Over his long career, the father of four has been involved in many philanthropic activities. Murray has helped Make-A-Wish Foundation in the USA. This organization seeks to make ‘wishes’ of children with terminal illnesses come true. Read more: This Old Thing? Private Equity Honcho Drops Little Place Uptown for $11M

He has also helped the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. His help has also been felt at Boston College, Stamford Museum, and the Columbia Business School.

The passing on of Stephen Murray was felt by people from various areas due to the various efforts he put in his life. Murray died at the age of 52 on 12th March 2015 as a result of health complications and was succeeded by Greg Brenneman who was previously the chairman at the company.

Steve leaves behind his widow, Tami Murray and four sons. They currently live in Stamford. Murray may be gone, but he leaves behind a legacy that will forever be remembered. Read more: The Exponential Growth of CCMP Capital Under Stephen Murray’s Leadership

 

Martin Lustgarten, An Investment Banker who has Heart

What do you do with money? No, not just a few dollar bills, but money. My point is for a dollar I could buy a senior coffee, and in a few minutes my dollar and my coffee are gone. It would be one dollar to zero dollars in less than ten minutes and obviously not a profitable deal. Money is of course a medium of exchange; coins and banknotes as currency. Consequently, one could use the money as currency and invest it in an endeavor to make more money. This process called investment banking is a way to grow revenue.

In financial terms, investment banking is collecting financial capital to support clients in the insurance of securities and is very different from commercial banking. Investment banks are not deposit institutions. Taking a closer look into investment banking, it shows two functions, the sell side and the buy side. The sell part comprises the trading of securities for dollars or another security. The buy part comprises things like private equity funds, mutual funds, and hedge funds. In the United States an investment banking service must be a licensed broker-dealer and is monitored by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). One primary activity of investment banking is to get companies to issue securities. The counterpart is for the investors to buy the securities. Needless to say investment banking is very complex, but if one is knowledgeable, it can also be very lucrative.

Consider Martin Lustgarten of Miami, Florida, he is an investment banker. He is the Chief Executive Office of his own company Lustgarten. He takes great pride in understanding his market, and keeps a close eye on trends.

On the personal side Martin Lustgarten is adventuress. He loves life. He is in the prime of his life and is very active in outside sports and recreation. Living in the Sunshine State he has made a full and rewarding life for himself and his family. Yes, he loves banking, but he loves to collect vintage treasures. He says he loves things stunning and gorgeous. This man has a great heart and compassion for homeless shelter dogs and asks everyone to contribute to the upkeep and welfare of our four-legged lifelong companions. He tries to raise money for all the dogs that may never see a forever home and end up dying in an empty cage never knowing love.

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