Marc Sparks, Philanthropist

Texas businessman Marc Sparks is sometimes referred to as an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. He’d rather be remembered and respected as a philanthropist. Not a philanthropist’s philanthropist … just a plain citizen and father who wants to leave the world a better place for his daughter, and someday his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A resident of Dallas, TX, Mr. Sparks is heavily involved in local charities. Since the late 1980s, he has been involved with the Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter. He believes a man, to be a real citizen, must do more than just write a check occasionally. He himself has helped build homes with Habitat for Humanity. He is an active supporter of American Can! Academy, which is a high school magnet program focusing on the four R’s: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic, and responsibility. He is involved with Highland Park United Methodist Church and its Carpenters for Christ program. He established Sparky’s Kids, a foundation that gives away computers to children. He is also a major sponsor of the Center for Animal Research and Education, which rescues and nurtures sick, injured, and abused big cats.

Marc Sparks, the head of Timber Creek Capital for the past 15 years, is a businessman and venture capitalist. He has started and sold many businesses and currently maintains multiple portfolio companies. In fact, since the 1970’s he has been involved with more than 60 start-ups. Some have been successful and he sold them at a profit. Some were disasters and he learned from his mistakes. “Failing isn’t the end; it’s an integral part of succeeding, much as a soldier earns his stripes,” said Sparks. “We’re all soldiers in this battlefield of life.” He’s been involved with restaurants, healthcare, real estate, and telecommunications. He’s been owner/investor of Blue Jay Wireless for 3 years and owner/investor of Splash Media for 10 and a half years.

His book, They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path to Outrageous Success, was published in September, 2014. It traces his path to success from less than stellar beginnings to becoming a financial success. He admits his failures have taught him more than his successes, and hopes other will learn from his mistakes. Although he has the greatest respect for higher education, Mr. Sparks was a C student in high school. He’s living proof that even today, a college education is a bonus but not a necessity. Follow Marc!