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Certain individuals radiate approachability and success, which are attributes shared by serial entrepreneur, Marc Sparks. The Austin, Texas native graduated from high school in 1975 and wasted no time in being a major part in start-up businesses. His humble personality allows him to appreciate his triumphs while concurrently admitting to his failures, and this very trait is both commendable and is the biggest reason why Sparks is so intriguing and truly the man of the century.

Marc is a man of faith, something that allows his humble characteristic to shine through each day. When asked how he has been so successful in his life, he often responds with a simple answer that expresses his gratitude for God. Having had never attended college, the entrepreneur further strains the importance of God in his life and how he would have been unable to achieve anything without his grace. With a belief that the challenging and the impossible is conquerable with the right state of mind and a little bit of faith, Sparks has sparked genius across the country with countless innovations and businesses.

Though Sparks could never actually grow tired of his line of work, he does enjoy switching up his affairs a bit to keep his mind sharp. Once he mastered his victories and studied why he has succeeded and failed plenty over the past four decades, he determined that it was time to write a book. “They Can’t Eat You” was enjoyable for Sparks to craft, but he admits that it was also quite painful as it discussed his failures in life. Admitting that readers will be surprised to read of such a mogul’s downfalls, Sparks welcomes feedback at every opportunity and urges people to read his book to gain some insight and to provide him with honest criticism. With so many projects under his belt, it is miraculous that this entrepreneur has one iota of free time, but he ensures that he does for some causes.

It is always refreshing when an affluent man is also quite giving by possessing strong philanthropic qualities. Not only does Marc donate to charities and start his own, but he has done charitable, hands-on projects, including his work for Habitat for Humanity. He has created his own charity, Sparky’s Kids, which provides at-risk youth with new computers in the hopes of providing them with a necessary education. His new business, Spark Tank, is also philanthropic at best.

Spark Tank is a company that allows average people to present an idea by answering the question: What can this do to improve the world? Once applying online, the race is on as these people must present their ideas. A friendly competition ensues and Marc happily provides the winner with start up fees, advice, and support. Marc Sparks is an individual who should influence everybody. He is kind, generous, and fascinatingly humble. Sparks is a difficult personality to come by, but when you do, it is salient to pay attention to the manner you operate your own life.

Learn more:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9661324.Marc_Sparks

https://about.me/marc_sparks

Don Ressler is the CEO of both JustFab and Fabletics, and he is looking at ways to make both of these companies powerhouses in the fashion industry. Fashion is a very hard industry to make sales in, and both companies are online companies where women can make easy purchases. Don Ressler wants to make sure that both companies can grow beyond what they are already doing, and Don Ressler has plans for that that every woman will appreciate.

The first thing that is happening is the store openings at Fabletics. The company is opening a lot of stores to help bring their clothes closer to women, and the company is going to bring more options to women because they can now try these things on in stores. Stores are the best way to reach women shopping across America, and Fabletics will open a lot of stores to help reach women.

JustFab sends out boxes to women who place orders for clothes, and the company wants to be able to send out more boxes to women with more items. It is very easy for women to get an outfit in a box, and Don Ressler wants to be sure that he can reach more subscribers with the fact that he has all the boxes that a woman could want. Don Ressler wants to pack the boxes tighter, and he wants to give his customers more value.

The company is also looking at coming up with an IPO, and they have people in the executive suite that are ready to help take the company to the next step if that is what they need. It is the best way for the company to serve all its customers, and it is also the only way for the company to get bigger without having an outright store.

Don Ressler has proven himself worthy of the title of CEO of both of these companies, and he has been the person that has made both companies very viable. It is a very good relationship for both companies, and it helps them make sure that they are profitable and more visible in the public eye.

 

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-workout-wear-hudson-20131102-story.html

https://pando.com/2014/08/28/breaking-justfab-raises-85m-at-what-sources-say-is-a-1b-valuation/

George Soros gained international recognition in September 1992 when he placed a bet of $10 billion on a single currency. He was speculating that the Bank of England would have to devalue its currency, and he would make a profit after devaluation. Soros later turned out to be right, and he made more than $1 billion in profit from the bet. From that day, he was referred by many as “the man who broke the Bank of England.” He is well-known for his contribution to the growth of Quantum Fund, a firm that generated an average annual revenue of more than 30% when he was the president. Visit projectsyndicate.com to know more about George.

George Soros has yet again expressed doubts about the China’s debt-fueled economy that it resembles the U.S. in 2007-08. According to George Soros, the March credit growth should be viewed as a warning sign after the new credit in the second-biggest economy hit $362 billion in the month of February surpassing the predicted level of debt at 1.4 trillion yuan. Soros relates the rising level of debt to what happened to the U.S. before the crisis. The banks are supplying more credit to keep the bad debts at their books while the loss-making enterprise is still alive.

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Soros is the founder and chairman of the Soros Fund Management, which currently has over $24 billion in assets under management. He had recently engaged the Chinese government in a war of words when he said that a hard landing for China would be “practically unavoidable.” Soros noted that china’s banks have more loans than deposits which put problems to the assets side but also an increasing problem in the liability side. The problem could become even more complicated if the banks continue to lend to each other putting the economy into additional uncertainty and instability.

At the moment, the problem is deferred to a future date, but as long as the credit level continues to rise, the crisis is still pending. Recently, Brexit has presented an element of truth to the issues Soros pointed out earlier. Soros noted that the world faces challenges such as immigration problem due to rising geopolitical tension and rising levels of terrorism around the world, the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, China’s debt problem, Brexit, and the uncertainty in the U.S. dollar to remain stable.

Brexit caused the price of gold to rise sharply as investors anticipated hard economic times for Britain and the European Union. The Great Britain Pound has also lost more than 20% of its value now trading at 1.31 against the U.S. dollar from the previous 1.45 against the U.S. before the Brexit referendum. As Soros predicted that Britain leaving the European Union would have adverse consequences for its economy, the effects were felt in the whole world when stock markets lost over $2 trillion in stock market value.

Learn more George Soros:
https://twitter.com/georgesoros?lang=en

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-bearish-george-soros-is-trading-again-1465429163

There are a lot of options people can use for their chat needs. They may not think of chatting as an option to communicate with other family members. Talk Fusion is a great way to make this happen.

Who Created the Company?

There were a lot of companies created for this reason, but Bob Reina was one that decided families and companies both needed this ability to speak with people who were near or far to them. The company was something that he really wanted to see happen and Reina worked hard to make it the best company he could.

Why Use it?

There are a lot of reasons to choose Talk Fusion for your family communication needs. The biggest is so people can see other members of their family. This can be helpful if the family is spread out through the country or even the world. People can use the service to talk live to the people they love and the friends they want to see. That is the biggest reason to use this service for anyone’s needs.

How it Works

There are several ways it can work for people. The best is through a phone or tablet application on their phone. This also makes it easier to talk to others while still using the phone or tablet in their homes or work. They can also use the software on their computer to chat with others who are not in the same area they may already live in. This can help families stay close even when they are far from each other.

Talk Fusion is a great option for families that want to stay in touch but are not in the same area. They can still see each other and can still talk whenever they want to. Anyone looking at this kind of option should take a moment to make sure the chat system they get for their lives is going to be the best it can be.

Learn more about Reina:

http://jimmyezzell.com/who-is-bob-reina/

http://humanesocietytampa.org/bob-reina-the-man-behind-the-million-dollar-gift/

For many people the word success often comes with thoughts of extensive education. Fact is after years of expensive schooling success doesn’t always happen. In the book written by Marc Sparks titled They Can’t Eat You’, secrets of entrepreneurship are exposed.

This was achieved by a gentleman whom finished high school with a C+ grade point average. Having started, run, and sold many successful companies this information is vital to all that wish to succeed as well. Starting with nothing the American dream of Ôrags to riches can be achieved.

In his Facebook page, it depicts that this book holds not only Marc Spark’s stories but also information on how the reader can create their own successful road. These suggestions called Fifty Sparks help the reader to understand how to build a foundation which can lead them to their next venture. The following quote from Marc Sparks says it all, The point is to remember NOT to cut

corners on where you and your team spend most of their waking time as it truly can mean the difference between success and failure. Solid advice from a man who has been on the top, tumbled down then marched right back up that hill.

Founder, owner, and CEO of Timber Creek, Marc Sparks holds other titles as well. Some of these titles include author plus philanthropist. Some of his charitable works include Habitat for Humanity, Sparky’s Kids, and American Can!

These types of charities help families into homes that are desperately needed and donations of laptops to at-risk children. Currently Mr. Sparks is also involved with The Samaritan Inn.

With all this wealth of not only funding but also knowledge tucked under his belt many may wonder why he had decided to write his latest book.

In Marc’s own words the answer was given, I wrote the book to give back! Some of his biggest investments had come through cell phone companies such as Blue Jay Wireless and Cardinal Telecom LLC.

Get full details about his book: https://disqus.com/by/marcsparks/

Optical transmission innovator, Coriant opened in 2013 under German technology group, Nokia Siemens. It’s a component of the group’s transmission technology division. The newly formed subsidiary, Coriant, then spin out of ownership under its parent company Nokia Siemens/Marilyn Equity-Partners just two months after it launched. Marilyn Equity-Partners later acquired another technology company, Sycamore forming Coriant America, Inc. Having appointed a new chief executive, Shaygan Kheradpir, Coriant predicts a promising future. Kheradpir replaced former CEO (Chief Executive Officer), Pat DiPietro who’s assumed the vice chair position. With this recent restructuring of leadership, Coriant reinstated DiPietro as a Marlin Equity Partners associate.

Coriant is a combination of Sycamore Networks, Tellabs and Nokia optical transmission unit, Siemens. Interestingly, Kheradpir had an opportunity to explore the Coriant landscape having worked with Marlin Equity Partners as an operating executive. This happened a year prior to him taking up office at Coriant. The vendor has no regrets about appointing Kheradpir as they’re optimistic about incorporating his 28+ years long commitment across multiple facets. This includes industries such as finance, technology and telecommunications. Furthermore, Coriant has acknowledged Kheradpir extensive experience as a technology and business executive. With Kheradpir wealth of knowledge, Coriant foresees the company growing exponentially.

Shaygan Kheradpir joined Coriant executive team where he assumed two key positions, board chairman and CEO. A Cornell University graduate, Kheradpir has an engineering degree at the Ph.D. level having earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s earlier. Additionally, he’s an esteemed associate of Cornell University Engineering Council and a former U.S. NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) advisory. The former Juniper Networks CEO handled strategic planning initiatives, including f High IQ/Cloud Builder Networking and spearheaded innovation patenting such as the company’s comprehensive IOP (Integrated Operating Plan).

At Coriant, where Kheradpir currently works, he’s the innovator of groundbreaking strategic planning for technology investments and telecom. Earlier in his career, Kheradpir joined GTE Corporation. He later took up office as an executive vice president and CIO (Chief Information Officer) of Verizon. Largely, he focused on pioneering product innovations, efficiency and modernization. Verizon FiOS is among innovations Kheradpir brought into perspective. Today, it’s become one of the U.S. markets greatest telecom breakthroughs. In fact, the infrastructure has raised $20+ billion in capital funding. Later, Kheradpir then joined Barclays where he functioned as an executive officer of technology and operations. In addition, he served on the executive committee.

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Coriant was formed as an independent company by Marlin Equity Partners in 2013. The technology comes from Siemens Optical Networks, Sycamore Networks and Tellabs. Coriant America Inc. is headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The company sells hardware and software for optical transmission in the Backbone network of voice, data and mobile networks.

Coriant announced last year that Shaygan Kheradpir has been named Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. He succeeded President and CEO Pat DiPietro, who transitioned to his previous role as the Operating Partner at Marlin Partners. Before he joined Coriant, Kheradpir was appointed as the Operating Partner at Marlin Equity Partners, his main focus was on strategic telecom and technology investments.

After earning a doctorate degree in engineering, Kheradpir started his career at GTE labs. At GTE, Kheradpir was promoted to a higher position as chief information officer. Shaygan led the team in developing the first network management platform for GTE in the nation. In 2000, GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to form a new company, Verizon Communications and Kheradpir eventually became the CIO of Verizon. He was also primarily responsible for reducing the IT budget of Verizon from 6 percent to 4 percent. Within a short period, FiOS had 35% penetration in the markets it operated and became a $12 billion enterprise. In 2007, he was named to CIO Magazine’s Hall of Fame. Kheradpir holds many technologies and telecommunications patents.

In January 2014, Kheradpir served as Chief Operations and Technology Officer at Barclays. He was instrumental with his team in the development of customer products, in the innovation of Cloudit and Pingit. Kheradpir joined Juniper Networks in 2014 as the company CEO. He helped develop the cost cutting, Integrated Operating Plan that targeted the growth markets of High-IQ Networking and Cloud Builder.

Marlin Equity Partners who are the founders of Coriant are very confident of having a successful company under Kheradpir’s leadership. With Coriant’s Shaygan Kheradpir at the helm and with his superior industry expertise, technical vision and passion for technology, he is positioned to lead their clients, their sales partners, and the industry, into an exciting and successful future.

Coriant was instituted in 2013 as an independent company from Nokia Siemens Network. The company deals with software and hardware for optical transmission of data, voice and mobile networks. Coriant was brought about by the amalgamation of Tellabs, Nokia Siemens Network optical and Sycamore network. Today, Coriant has servers handling network operators from over 100 countries globally. Coriant’s clients include service providers, mobile operators, content providers, cable MSOs, large firms, data centres and cloud operators to government agencies and other institutions.

Shaygan Kheradpir is the company’s current CEO. Shaygan Kheradpir was originally born in London but grew up in Iran. Shaygan later moved to the United States in pursuit of higher education; he currently holds a Doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Shaygan had his first job in 1978 working at GTE Laboratories. At GTE, he handled network control, management, and routing. It was not long before his abilities got the better of management and he was soon the company’s Chief information officer.

In 2000, Bell Atlantic merged with GTE labs to become Verizon. Shaygan was the new company’s president of e-division. He was later appointed as the companies first CTO/CIO. As the CIO, he brought about a ton of notable changes that still influence the company today. He expanded the company into an extensive range of telecommunication based services. During his tenure, in 2001, he formed a team that is responsible for numerous new Verizon products that took the company to a whole new level. His team is accredited to have brought up Verizon’s FIOS, fiber optics system. In 2003, Shaygan’s team developed IOBI, a mobile service that manages caller ID and other details. The team went ahead and produced numerous promising Verizon inventions including Verizon one that was a combination of a modem, router, phone and portable device. Shaygan also brought the company’s IT budget down from 6% to 4% saving up on a lot of costs.

In 2011, he was appointed the Chief operating officer at Barclay’s global retail and business bank. During this time, he introduced a relative number of advances to the bank including a mobile payment software known as Pingit. His continual effort saw him promoted to Chief Operations and Tech officer later on. In 2014, he was CEO at Juniper Networks where he introduced a new cost-cutting and restructuring plan that entailed a 160 million dollar cost-cutting plan.

Shaygan Kheradpir has been influential everywhere he has been. His continual effort has seen him rise from company ranks to company ranks over very short periods of time. Shaygan’s innovativeness has brought out the best of him and has allowed him to grow to one of the most promising figures in the industry. True innovation comes from coming up with a product the customer didn’t even know they needed.

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The DeVos family donated $90.9 million last year. Most of the money went to education purposes. It was given by the families five education funds that have seen it became one of the best donors in the country. It was ranked number 20 on a list of biggest donors in the world. The records were fished from IRS records. They didn’t include political donations. Aside from education, health and community got the other biggest gifts from their family foundation.

The DeVos family is Michigan-based billionaire family and heir to the Amway. It is one of the most influential families in the country and has leveraged that influence to help the poor.

One of the most well-known of the DeVos is Dick DeVos. He is the 67th richest man in America and is a former CEO of his father’s company Amway International. He has a net worth of $ 5.1 billion.

Dick was born 60 years ago in Grand Rapids Michigan. He is married to Betsy DeVos, and they have four children. According to his Wikipedia page, he was schooled in Forest Hill public school and went on to receive a degree in Business Administration from Northwood University. He attended Harvard and Wharton business schools and didn’t graduate. Betsy is a former chairperson of Michigan Republican party. She was instrumental in Dick decision to run for the governor’s seat. He didn’t win as he lost to the incumbent.

DeVos started his career in business working with Amway in 1974.In 1984, he was promoted to the post of Vice President. He immediately set on growing his brand and in 6 years he tripled the company’s sales overseas and opened branches in 18 countries. It exceeded many market predictions. Get a more indepth view of his work experience here: http://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/history-and-heritage/dutch_americans/richard-dick-devos-jr/

In 1991, he joined Orlando Magic as the president and CEO of the team. He was considered a good manager who expected results and often got them.

In 1993 after just two years with Orlando Magic, Dick returned to Amway. Here he was named the president replacing his father. The firm has now expanded to more than 50 countries on six continents. Dick DeVos retired in 2004 with the net sales of $ 4.5 billion that year.

Dick then joined The Windquest Group as the CEO. It is a renewable energy firm that has invested heavily in the wind sector.

DeVos is an avid sailor, aviator and family man. He has competed and won in many sailing competition and flying programs. His passion for flying married with his dedication for creating educational opportunities for all children inspired him to create his self-founded aviation high school.

He has four children with his wife and appears a devoted family man. Dick has been very supportive of his children as they each pursue their chosen paths in the arts, business, and charity.

Susan McGalla has brought her marketing expertise to the Pittsburgh Steelers. She is their new marketing director, and she has made some changes already. At the beginning of the season she announced a new clothing line, and a new website where fans can shop for Steeler merchandise. You can still buy a Steeler jersey but there is a lot more now. There are hoodies, scarves, even dresses with the Steeler logo. There is merchandise made by Nike and Victoria’s Secret. There is also jewelry involved with Steeler charms available. They have also added pink for young girls, and that is with the normal black and gold that Steelers are accustomed to. McGalla has a proven track record in marketing and retail. She was president of American Eagle Outfitters, an CEO at Wet Seal before starting her own consulting company, and then was named marketing director for the Steelers. Her expertise lies in branding and merchandising. While at American Eagle she introduced womens’ wear in a market traditionally dominated by men, and she also introduced a childrens’ line of clothiong. Susan McGalla said she was doing this partly as a result of listening to what fans want. She said they had focus groups that have helped her see ways to make fans a part of the organization in new ways. Social media will be a big part of the new merchandising, she said. Now, she’s bringing her expertise in branding, lifestyle and merchandising to the Steelers. And she’s starting by listening to fans. Two new ideas she has introduced is “wear what we wear,” and “Steeler Friday.” In one they make available things players and coaches wear, such as sweatshirts or hoodies. In the other one they encourage fans to wear STeeler attire on Fridays. McGalla is a native of Ohio, had a football coach for a father and was in the shadow of the Steeler nation. She began her career in marketing in 1986 with the Joseph Horne Company, and went to American Eagle Outfitters in 1994. She went to Wet Seal in 2011, and then started a consulting company on her own.