Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist and author. He is also a man who is passionate about every aspect of his life. He has written about his journey in a book entitled “They Can’t Eat You.” The book is his personal story about how he went from zero to sixty in the business world while walking the entrepreneurial path. It has become a source of inspiration for all aspiring entrepreneurs because Sparks describes the good, the bad and the ugly. It was easy for him to talk about his success in the business world, but it was painful for him to talk about his ventures that were less than successful. He truly believes greater lessons are learned from failures than success. Learn more: https://about.me/marc_sparks
When he experienced a failure he was forced to look at why and fix the problem and would often end up with a greater success.
Sparks story began as a high school graduate and he was involved with many start-up’s that were mostly highly successful. Some of his ventures were disastrous, but he began learning lessons right out of the gate. He was an average high school student and through perseverance, determination and dedication managed to create and sell products that were worth many millions of dollars – all with no formal training. He believes that God gives out challenges and devastating circumstances in order for successful people to truly understand and respect the responsibility of success. Learn more: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/entrepreneur-marc-sparks-transforms-office-to-optimize-innovative-collaboration-300024747.html
One of his passions in life is to build successful companies. He often begins with an idea that others think are impossible to execute. Part of his successful business equation is to put together a positive and encouraging culture that inspires everyone involved to be a part of the success rather than just an accessory going along for the ride.
When Mark Sparks is asked how he manages to be so successful, he always attributes his success to a sense of urgency, monetization savvy, focus, tenacity, passion and faith. He mixes those qualities with great quantities of respect for others and honesty in all his endeavors and not just his business endeavors. His sense of urgency is referred to “Spark Speed.” If a task needs to be completed – just do it and get it done. Yes, give it the thought and consideration it needs, but don’t get lost in the details.
When Mr. Sparks puts on his philanthropic hat he supports a homeless shelter called The Samaritan Inn. Located in Texas, he and his wife adopted the facility and helped turn it from a small, run-down building into a full service facility that houses more than 150 individuals a night and feed hundreds every day. The average stay at the Inn is five months and the main purpose of the Inn is to help those who truly want to help themselves. Learn more: http://thebrotalk.com/bro-recommendations/dallas-entrepreneur-marc-sparks-spills-must-visit-list-wineries-dfw/
Julia Jackson is the middle daughter of Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke, founders of the Kendall-Jackson Estates wine empire. Even though she was born into the world of wine, she showed an interest in the business at an early age. She attended Scrips College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. She then received a certificate from Stanford’s Summer Institute of General Management. As a child, she was able to learn French from a staff member’s daughter whom she played with during the summer. Now at the age of 24 and fluent in another language, she is fully immersed in the family business and works with the international sales team, located in Australia, Chile, France, Italy and S. Africa marketing to a new generation of wine consumers worldwide.
Julia Jackson is also very passionate towards “Cambria Seeds of Empowerment” a program that honors women who have hurtled over some of life’s most challenging difficulties and who motivates others to do the same in their own communities. They also reward $100,000 annually to non-profit organizations that support their mission of women as leaders and are champions of community, equality, and empowerment.
Concerned with the next generation of wine drinkers, Cambria Estate Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir was named wine of the year in 2010. Julia Jackson strongly believes that Cambria Estate and the Jackson Family Wines will be staying with the tried and true by not indulging into the short term trends that other vineyards promote to compete for the wine buying habits of the Millennials.
Most of the company’s primary revenue are attributed the Kendall-Jackson wines, with La Crema’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as a strong second along with KJ’s Vintners Reserve contributes to the Jackson family wines success across the United States and around the world.
The New York based, hedge fund magnate George Soros has built a reputation as a savvy businessman, foremost philanthropist and supporter of liberal ideals and the Democratic Party. In the run up to the 2016 US elections, Soros made a huge comeback in the campaign funding with a hefty donation of $25 million to support Hillary Clinton and downstream Democratic Party candidates vying for various political offices. In a report published on Politico on July 27 2016, the $25 million donation was the highest the billionaire investor had ever given since 2004, when he offered $27 million to support John Kerry’s presidential bid against George W. Bush. George Soros is estimated to have a fortune approaching $25 billion. The reemergence of Soros, whom many conservative heads and grass root groups see as a bogeyman was motivated by a number of factors, among them his faith in Clinton’s candidacy and fear of the her GOP counterpart, Donald Trump.
To show his support for Clinton, the 85 year old billionaire set out an elaborate plan to attend the Democratic Party Convention held in the swing state of Pennsylvania to watch Clinton take the reins of the party. However, his trading engagement forced him to cancel what would have been his appearance. On his disavowal of Trump, Soros has on several occasions accused Trump and his Republican Party on a number of issues. One of the accusations that reverberated the most was a charge that Trump was doing the bidding on behalf of the ISIL terrorist group by stroking unjustifiable fears. Other than Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party candidates, the other groups that received funding from George Soros during the 2016 campaign season included PAC called End Citizen United, America Votes and Voting Rights Trusts. End Citizen United supported Clinton’s position to push campaign finance reforms while the Voting Rights Trusts is committed to fighting conservative efforts to restrict voting.
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Outside politics, Soros push to support various philanthropic causes, justice and the rights of the oppressed continue to be felt far and wide. In January 2017, The Washington Times revealed that Soros was the financial center behind the Ferguson protest movement that demonstrated against the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Missouri. For several years, Soros has been supporting the movement as a strategy to spur the masses across the US to air their pressing grievances and make the society more accountable. The support provided by George Soros is channeled to various grassroots groups through his non-profit, Open Societies Foundations. The groups support various causes including education, justice, transparency, freedom of expression and accountability. According to Opensocietyfoundations.org, Soros has given away over $12 billion in lifetime giving to various philanthropic causes.