Marc Sparks History – Chapter 4

Marc Sparks latest endeavor of Splash Media, LP is the culmination of a five-year friendship and business relationship between Sparks and Chris Kraft. While Splash Media is a full-fledged video and film production company with three state-of-the-art “Live” studios in Addison, TX, Sparks’ entrepreneurial vision and Kraft’s technology expertise have led to Splash focusing on a B-to-B-to-C concept – providing video content, focused on consumer product training. Sparks and Kraft have launched TSTN (The Success Training Network) distributed via traditional television and Splash’s proprietary streaming platform, SplashStream.

Sparks’ business passion is clearly to build companies – often from ideas that others think are unreasonable or impossible. Taking that initial idea, he proceeds to establish not only the business model but the company culture and to develop both the short-term goals and the long-range growth plans. Sparks manages by example, setting the patterns for his entire staff to follow. He hires the best staff he can find and mentors them diligently in order to eventually take over when its time again for him to go and build the next venture.

Sparks says, “I’m a builder… I love to build a business from scratch – no office, no employees at first… many times, no capital… just an idea. I love to build the products, the sales teams, the customer service teams, the marketing plans, the culture, the collateral materials… all of it from scratch. It’s the most thrilling thing to me to see employees and customers who admire working in your office and buying your products… it’s a HIGH you can hardly explain. My biggest challenge is managing after “it’s built.” My weakness is also realizing when it’s time to let go so that the business can grow to the next level.”

Sparks is often asked two questions: 1) Aren’t you afraid of losing? and 2) How do you do it?

To sum up fear for an entrepreneur, Sparks says that he has no fear of losing at all. “It sounds a little weird; however, as long as I can pay my bills, I’ve always been happy. I have never said, I want to be rich or I wish I had a million dollars. Being rich to me is having great health, a healthy family, good friends, building a successful business from scratch and having hundreds of happy employees and thousands of successful customers… that’s a great day. I believe that God gave me a special ‘shut off valve’ that somehow eliminates the fear factor. I have so little fear, that I sometimes wonder if there’s something wrong with me.”

When Sparks moved to Dallas he had $120 in his pocket. “Over the last 30 years, many times I wished I had that $120 back so I could do it again.” The way Sparks sees it, We all had nothing when we started and we will all have nothing when we leave, so as long as you have your health, faith, family and friends… what’s to fear? I truly love the journey of life.”

To sum up “how” he does it… Sparks says, “being an entrepreneur for 30 years has taught me that in order to be successful you MUST have:”

1. Faith

2. Passion

3. Tenacity

4. Focus

5. Monetization savvy, and

6. An Outrageous Sense of Urgency!

“You will rely on all of these qualities often as an entrepreneur. Without these qualities, you will fail in your entrepreneurial ventures… period. However, if you mix these few qualities with treating people the way you want to be treated… fairly, with respect and honesty… you will succeed.”

Surely, every entrepreneur requires an exceptional support system. Sparks has a steadfast relationship with his wife, who unconditionally supports her husband. While the hours he works are often very long, she understands her husband’s drive, tenacity and spirit. She also maintains a strong belief in Christian ethics, family priorities, and shares her husband’s passion of giving back to humanity. His wife has rigorously volunteered with the Meals on Wheels organization in Dallas since 1993. The Sparks family is actively involved with Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. Sparks’ daughter volunteers at the church on a regular basis and attends Southern Methodist University where she will also receive her MBA. (No pressure from her dad, of course.)

To counter the stress, Sparks is a health enthusiast and outdoors man. He enjoys working out at least five times a week (reading email and his beloved business publications while on a treadmill), golf, fly fishing, traveling, and good movies. Sparks thrives on competition – in sports and in business.

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Marc Sparks History – Chapter 3

In 2000, Marc Sparks ran a tombstone ad in the Dallas Morning News, looking for a business model that “needed” an entrepreneur with his talent, experience, vision and tenacity. Out of the hundreds of opportunities that flooded his office, God shone the light for Marc on one in particular – a unique software start-up operation. While Sparks didn’t know how to even turn a computer on, much less know about software code, he forged ahead anyway as he clearly saw a perfect match.

Previously, Sparks was forced to leave a company he had devoted nearly 100% of his time to – and while his former ‘advisors’ and colleagues pointed fingers at him and the SEC investigated, he courageously sat front and center in a large first-floor office window, daring to start over. Daring to prove himself… once again.

Sparks took on a brash, young partner who had developed a remarkable software program but had no idea how to get it out of his garage, much less get it packaged, to market, manage customer service and technical support, and ultimately expand it into six additional software programs with substantial recurring revenue. In just four and a half short years, Marc A Sparks took GlobalTec Solutions from a small start up to a an extremely successful software company. As of June 15th, 2004, GlobalTec had a staff of just over 130 people. And it had become a leader in the “Business to Consumer” financial software marketplace.

An enormous focus of GlobalTec Solutions’ staff, and in-grained in its company culture, is to provide exceptional, focused customer service. Under Sparks’ leadership, GlobalTec initiated an annual convention for its software users. Attendance tripled since the inaugural “WizeFEST” in 2002 and now accommodates 3,000 GlobalTec customers at each annual convention. To attend a WizeFEST convention is akin to attending a Republican or Democratic Party convention. The frenzy and excitement is clearly generated by Sparks’ marketing fire, and his contagious enthusiasm.

While Sparks could write a book on what to do and – equally as important – what NOT to do, at times he says he wouldn’t wish his life on the Devil himself. Yet, at other times, he says he’s had a remarkable life and wouldn’t trade his experiences for the entire universe. “There is no other way to learn the remarkable lessons I’ve learned without being in the game.”

Throughout his career, Sparks has been in the wholesale furniture business, retail furniture business, commercial mortgage banking, restaurant, manufacturing, real estate, surety bonding, property and casualty insurance, software, and his latest business passion… LIVE, business television and now streaming of video and data.

Stay tuned for the next chapter in the Marc Sparks’ history where the next venture of Splash Media will pioneer a path for IPTV and ‘video based e-learning’ into the corporate world of global communication and training.

Marc A Sparks is a leading Dallas Texas start up entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Submit an application for seed funding to Marc A Sparks – the Dallas entrepreneur only at whoismarcsparks.com.

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Marc Sparks – Dallas Philanthropist

Dallas Venture Capitalist

Dallas venture capitalist, Marc Sparks is, “clearly the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur” (Marc A. Sparks). Because he is an expert Dallas, Texas venture capitalist, he has provided a very detailed question and answer guide from the areas of starting a business to staying motivated in your business.Since 1978, he has been the principal in many start-ups… some extremely successful, and some not so successful; however, Marc Sparks states that “the not so successful ventures are like taking a course at the World University for Entrepreneurs” and further states that “without experiencing the not so successful ventures, you wouldn’t gain the knowledge to succeed, know what to do with success or be able to fully appreciate success. God gives us challenges and even devastating circumstances in order for us to understand the responsibility that comes with success and to keep us humble. One never forgets when and where they get their scars in life.”

Marc is currently accepting applications, on his website Who Is Marc Sparks?, for companies seeking seed funding and other venture capital.

Marc Sparks has provided a significant amount of venture capital for Dallas based Splash Media. As one of the top Dallas venture capitalists, Marc Sparks has provided numerous opportunities to growing companies like Splash Media.

“Venture capital is a type of private equity capital typically provided by professional, outside investors to new, high-potential-growth companies in the interest of taking the company to an IPO” Venture Capital.

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