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.

Sourced from:

http://directory.leadmaverick.com/Marc-A-Sparks/DallasFort-WorthArlington/TX/10/5434/index.aspx

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Marc Sparks – Dallas Entrepreneur

Born June 8th, 1957 in Rockwall, Texas, Marc Sparks was the youngest of five children. After spending much of his youth growing up in Austin, Texas, Marc graduated from Westlake High School and immediately moved back to the Dallas area to begin his career in the wholesale furniture business with his father.

Being the youngest with four other siblings, college was never an option for Marc Sparks. In fact, from his earliest memories, it was always understood that Marc would follow in the footsteps of his father. Right out of high school Sparks immersed himself in the business and began learning every detail and angle of the wholesale furniture business from the ground up. He started by sweeping floors and driving a delivery truck for Freed Furniture Company and went on to work for several other retail furniture stores in the Dallas area. Throughout his experience in the furniture industry, Sparks always had a pressing desire and passion to learn more, to expand his horizons. Early on, his goal was to own his own furniture store. It didn’t take long for Sparks’ father to realize he could no longer hold back his son’s entrepreneurial passion. Therefore, it was amicably agreed between father and son to “set Marc free” to pursue his own entrepreneurial dreams and ambitions.

In the following years Sparks would launch several moderately successful business endeavors, and would soon begin the foundation of what would become a philanthropic legacy. However, like most passionate entrepreneurs, Marc Sparks would soon taste great success, as well as experience terrible failure, and begin to learn some of life’s most important lessons about perseverance, survival, and the challenges of being a true entrepreneur.

About Marc Sparks

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