Julia Jackson is Empowering Women Through Wine

Julia JacksonJulia Jackson grew up with a passion for wine making. Not totally far fetched considering her family has been in the business since 1983, when they launched their first bottle of chardonnay. The company wines began with the Kendall Jackson brand and continued successfully with new brands, like the Lokoya series launched in 1995. Julia grew up surrounded by grapes and spent much of her summers picking and sorting the fruit with her siblings. She worked at the local winery after school learning the trade alongside her father. After the Jackson’s purchased a winery in Bordeaux, Julia spent a summer there helping to harvest the grapes and learning the French methods of wine making. Julia graduated from Scripps College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in 2010. She went on to complete a Master’s Degree at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Julia JacksonToday, she is the proprietor of the Jackson Family wine empire. She spends much of her time running and growing the business while also representing them as their spokesperson. In 2014, Julia founded her non profit organization, Cambria Seeds of Empowerment. This move was inspired by her respect for her mother, who worked hard raising her family while maintaining her work with the company. The Cambria Seeds of Empowerment contributes $100,000 in grants and scholarships to other non profit organizations every year. The funds are used to help hard working women who have overcome life’s obstacles and gone on to help other women do the same.

Marc Sparks A Flicker Into A Flame

A “serial entrepreneur” is one who constantly comes up with new ideas, starts new businesses, hands off the overall responsibilities to others, then moves on to the next. This describes Marc Sparks’ business ventures in a nutshell.

 

Marc is very passionate about building companies. He has a private equity firm (a family office), Timber Creek Capital LP, designed to turn the dreams of entrepreneurs into much sought after, financial generating products and services. This firm, located in Dallas, Texas, provides the necessary funds, office space, equipment, legal services, accounting services, web development, customer service, a support staff, and a host of banking, marketing, and networking services needed to navigate businesses from start to finish. Timber Creek Capital has over thirty seven years of entrepreneurial experience and they enjoy what they do.

 

When presented with an initial idea, either his own or someone else’s, Marc proceeds to develop both short term goals as well as long range plans of growth for the startup. “The process of starting a new business begins with building a business model and acquiring the resources to ensure success.” says Marc Sparks. He goes on to say that a quality and collaborative work environment is no less than one fourth of the ingredients for success. That is why Timber Creek Capital LP hosts three startup companies in their facility and provides them with an extensive maturation (incubation) period. Marc raises the question “Would you be more inspired if your business was located in a darkened warehouse on a side street with few to no windows or on the first floor in a retail space with plenty of windows and other successful walking by? Yes, these are extreme scenarios, but it is something to think about. Marc says “Do not cut corners where you and your team spend most of their waking time as it truly can mean the difference between success and failure.” Learn more: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/entrepreneur-marc-sparks-transforms-office-to-optimize-innovative-collaboration-300024747.html

 

Marc Sparks has penned a book entitled “They Can’t Eat You“. In it, he documents his unsteady journey as an entrepreneur. Motivated and encouraged by his colleagues to write the book, Marc hopes the book and his experiences therein brings a blessing to others. “My book is for those entrepreneurs who are losing hope and just can’t seem to get across the goal line with their dreams.” says Marc.

 

Aside from being Founder and CEO of Timber Creek Capital LP, and Author of “They Can’t Eat You”, Marc Sparks has philanthropic work which include his own non profit agency, “Sparkey’s Kids where he donated one thousand laptop computers to at risk kids via American Can! Academy, his involvement with Habitat For Humanity who constructs affordable housing for families, as well as his involvement with “The Samaritan Inn” which is a Texas homeless shelter that houses approximately one hundred and sixty people nightly. Learn more: http://www.marcsparks.com/

 

Marc Sparks says “The only reason a C+, high school educated kid like me could possibly build and sell hundreds of millions of dollars of self made products and companies is the grace of God.”