Stream Energy is an independent provider of energy for seven states in the U.S., as well as wireless and protective home services nationwide. The company is based in Dallas, Texas and was founded in 2002 by Pierre Koshakji and Rob Snyder. What sets Stream apart from other energy providers is that it uses multi-level marketing and word of mouth as primary sales channels. Instead of dealing with a customer service department, Stream users have their own energy broker. These brokers are executives whose sole job is build up personal clients lists and sell energy plans. This makes using Stream a more personal endeavor and provides added value. Stream also is an advocate of corporate philanthropy.
Stream Cares is an in-house charity foundation that formalizes all the philanthropic exploits of Stream execs. It is essentially a philanthropic arm of the company, a department in of itself, that uses funds from Stream to support various chartable institutions. Stream cares is tasked with fostering relationships with charity organizations, continuing present relations with charities, and allocated funds to said charities for the benefit of the community around them. Stream Energy has long standing relationship with both the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. They are dedicated to improving the quality of life in Dallas, and all of its executive are involved in some philanthropic endeavor.
Stream Energy was one of the first Dallas-based companies to lend aid after Hurricane Harvey, allocating funds the relief and rebuilding effort. Currently it is funding a homeless initiative through Hope Supply Co. Stream has partnered with Hope to assist over 1000 homeless children through special events and regular aid. Another example of Stream’s dedication to the community is its hands-on assistance with the Salvation Army in the wake of Texas Tornados that cause destruction back in 2016. Stream Energy’s executives do not just sign checks and offer distant support, they are known for their hands-on approach. They are physically present at events, working alongside volunteers, and personally meeting the people they help. It is a corporate model that many businesses are taking on, and one that will truly better the communities around them.
Marc Sparks is the poster boy for entrepreneurship. He is from Dallas, Texas and jumped into the world of business from the entrepreneurial diving board. With practically no formal training to speak off, the 1975 high school graduate has been involved with many start-ups, some that are successful beyond anyone’s wildest dreams and some considerably less than successful. One of his more successful ventures was to create and sell several hundreds of millions of dollars worth of self made products, along with the creation of some very successful businesses. Learn more: http://thebrotalk.com/bro-recommendations/dallas-entrepreneur-marc-sparks-spills-must-visit-list-wineries-dfw/
He credits his success to being passionate about what he does, his tenacious spirit, his never let a failure create a speed bump, but a stepping stone and his monetization skills. He is not afraid of losing it all. He loves to win, but Sparks knows he cannot win it all. That kind of reality is part of what keeps him on an even keel. He revels in building a successful business, putting together a team that supports that success and having happy customers. That, along with enjoying good health with family and great friends is a great day for Sparks. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/marc.sparks1
In addition to being an entrepreneur, Sparks is also a businessman and philanthropist. Sparks along with his wife created Spark Tank. It is Spark’s way to help non-profit entrepreneurs contribute to society with ideas and solutions to social situations.
Entrepreneurs apply for the cash grants and if they pass the rigorous inspection by the Spark Tank panel, they win funds for their venture. It is important for Sparks to have the ability to recognize the great work non-profits do and it is vitally important for them to help others.Learn more: http://sparktankdfw.com/
Sparks and his wife have helped other entities, as well. They took over a small homeless shelter and turned it into a multi-million dollar operation that feeds and houses more than 200 people every day. Samaritan Inn has a program where participants can find help with job training and placement, healthcare and family services. Graduates of the program have all the tools necessary to go onto live productive lives. He gets a great deal of satisfaction from hearing from former members of the Inn who return and tell of their success thanks to the help they received while at the Inn.
Mark Sparks has also added author to his list of credits. His book “They Can’t Eat You” describes his entrepreneurial adventures. He writes about all aspects of his career – the good, the bad and the ugly. His book shows others that it is possible to be successful despite encountering failures from time to time, and it is essential to never give up. Sometimes, failure teaches a better lesson than success. Sparks hopes his story will inspires others to never give up.