Austin, Texas raised entrepreneur and philanthropist Marc Sparks is a self-made man with big dreams and major accomplishments. But when he graduated from high school in 1975, he could barely maintain a C average. Since then he has gone on to found over 60 businesses in a wide range of industries. Sparks is also involved with a number of charitable causes and is committed to giving back to the community in which he was raised and does business.
Sparks has always had big dreams. What he lacked in academics, he has more than made up for with hard work and an ability to identify and take advantage of business opportunities. Many say his positive attitude has played an important role in his ability to have so many achievements. Marc Sparks credits his success to his strong faith in God. He says that has been the key in helping him to overcome the many challenges he has faced throughout his personal and professional life. He said it is what has enabled him to go from just barely getting by in school to a multimillionaire businessman.
Since graduating high school, Sparks has been involved in telecommunications, real estate, capital investment and many other fields. Some of the businesses with which he has worked include Timber Creek Capital, GlobalTec Solutions, Splash Media, Blue Jay Wireless, Cardinal Telecom LLC, Reliant Healthcare, Agency Matrix, Cobalt Real Estate Services, Boxstar LLC, Bonn Oir and Uncle Marc Food Delivery. While most of the businesses in which he has been involved have done quite well, Marc Sparks has also had his fair share of failure as well. But he has simply learned from it and moved on.
Since the late 1980’s Marc Sparks has been a committed philanthropist. He began by providing support for a homeless shelter called The Samaritan House almost 30 years ago. Today the facility provides food, clothing, shelter, educational and employment opportunities for about 300 people a day. He has also built countless houses with Habitat for Humanity and works with a magnet school network called The American Can! Academy. Sparks also helps underprivileged children through his Sparky’s Kids foundation and has a mentoring program through which he provides valuable tools and leadership skills to budding entrepreneurs.
The Dallas, Texas based serial entrepreneur has recently published a book designed to inspire people facing long odds and difficult hurdles to success. It’s called ‘They Can’t Eat You‘ and it chronicles many of the disadvantages and problems Marc Sparks had to overcome in order to make his mark in business and in life in general. He explains that if a struggling C student can face those things and do well, others can do the same.