A self-made man and prolific entrepreneur, Marc Sparks is an inspiration to people who feel that with a high school education and no money, owning their own business is only a dream. Currently, Sparks is also a venture capitalist with his own firm, Timber Creek Capital. At his private equity firm, Sparks hosts startups, providing them an incubation period with mentoring and access to resources. Sparks venture capital firm is unique, “Through my years of experiences I understand challenges and devastating circumstances entrepreneurship can bring. My passion is to help entrepreneurs build their dream.” he explains.
Over the years, Sparks has established numerous businesses, including a real estate firm, a prepaid wireless provider, a healthcare management company and a media marketing company.
Sparks published his entrepreneurial blueprint, They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path to Outrageous Success in 2014. After starting more than 60 businesses, Sparks is the ideal person to motivate budding entrepreneurs who will learn from his successes and his failures. Sparks’ book receives excellent reviews from individuals who say that he has superior insights and offers tactics that business owners can implement immediately.
Sparks, along with Lynne Sipiora, developed the Spark Tank, which offers $5,000 grants to social service entrepreneurs who are part of a 501c3 organization. Applicants apply online, then the finalists appear before the Spark Tank panel to explain how their idea benefits society.
Also a philanthropist, Sparks is heavily involved in several causes, including Habitat for Humanity and The Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter that provides 200 meals a day. Sparks also supports the The North Texas Gateway Apartments, a program that provides discounted apartments to individuals coming from the shelter, so they can get back on their feet. Through Sparky’s Kids, Sparks donates new Dell computers to less fortunate children.
Spark’s varied interests and his boundless energy ensure that Timber Creek Capital will not be his final venture.
When it comes to the oil industry, Nabors Industries Ltd has been recorded as one of the largest oil drilling company. This is because; it offers rigs for offshore and land sections with regards to the exploration of oil.
The man responsible for making the Nabors Industries Ltd one of the largest oil companies in the world is Anthony Petrello. Mr. Petrello holds the position of the Boards of Directors and Chairperson to the Executive Committee of the firm since 2012. He was able to get this prestigious position after serving the company as its CEO and President for nearly twenty years.
As a lawyer from Harvard, Mr. Petrello has worked in various law institutions before joining Nabors Industries. He worked with Baker & McKenzie law firm for nearly five years, and he was the firm’s Managing Partner. His legal practices majorly focused on corporate law, International Arbitration and Taxation. He also serves as the Director of Stewart& Stevenson LLC and a member of Texas Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees.
Apart from business, Anthony is a family man, and he loves and cherishes his family. Anthony and his beloved wife Cynthia Petrello are blessed with a girl called Carena Francesca. She born with a condition identified as PVL (Periventricular Leukomalacia) and this caused her life become different from other girls. This was visible when by the age of five; she could not talk, move without a wheelchair or even feed herself. Seeing how his daughter was struggling, Carena’s condition became Anthony’s priority.
His daughter’s health is what pushed Anthony to become a philanthropist as every philanthropist is expected to have a motivation that drives them. Mr. Petrello and his friends decided to become the face of medical philanthropy. As he was busy trying to figure out exactly what went wrong for his daughter, to be born with that condition, the idea of helping research programs was born.
Together with the assistance of his close friends in the oil industry, they decided to fund the research programs, something they do up to date. Anthony was able to raise more than seven million dollars for the projected thanks to lunches. Despite his busy schedule and his position in the oil industry, he is able to serve as an advocate for the kids suffering from neurological disorder courtesy of clinical and research programs in the country. His philanthropic and business acumen ventures have touched a lot of lives as not many people are able to do what he does.