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The state of American politics over the past decade has gotten to a state of disrepair that is hard to truly quantify. As more and more politicians refuse to operate in bipartisan fashion it has become increasingly clear that outsiders are going to have to try and make a difference. George Soros, the billionaire investor who lives in New York, is quickly becoming the face of progressive politics in the United States of America. In the age of Donald Trump and in the wake of one of the most bizarre elections of all time, Soros will become even more important.George Soros was born in Hungary and it was there that he saw first hand the threat that deranged populism could rain down on the world. Soros was a young teenager when the Nazi forces rolled into Hungary to begin their year long occupation back in 1944. Soros and his family would bear witness to friends and family being dragged off to die. Over the year nearly 500,000 Hungarian Jews would end up murdered by Nazi forces. Soros and his family would eventually flee and make their way to London by way of emigration.

In London Soros would work two jobs to make his way through school before moving to America to begin his career as an investor.Despite his rough upbringing George Soros decided early on that he was not going to let anyone else live the fears that he had lived. That is why Soros became such a powerhouse in the American political scene and, as a result, the greatest boogeyman that the right wing politicians could ever dream of. As a vocal progressive worth over $25 billion there are more than a few laughable conspiracy theories floating around George Soros. The truth is more frightening to right wing politicians: Soros is ready to fight for what is right in order to make a difference in the world.

Soros initially rose to political acclaim in the United States after stepping up to the plate when George W. Bush decided to invade Iraq. Soros was a vocal opponent to the decision and that put him right in the middle of the targets set by conservative politicians. Soros has since refused to back down. In fact, you could even go back decades to when he first established the Open Society Foundations to see just how important making a social impact was to Soros. Through the Open Society Foundations Soros has donated over $12 billion to help fight government oppression while fighting for art, free speech, social justice and more.Now, George Soros is standing tall and in the face of the loud and brash Donald Trump. The next few years will tell just how important George Soros is to the progressive movement.


With the American Dream of unfettered class transcendence being nearly dead, even in its namesake country, it is refreshing to hear stories of those rare individuals who are genuinely able to permanently transform their station in life to a higher plateau, through pure grit, talent and drive. Although in a globalized world, these characters seem to appear with ever less frequency, the story of Luiz Carlos Trabuco, CEO of Bradesco, gives cause for hope.

Luiz Carlos Trabuco was born in the small town of Marilia in 1951. He did well in school but by the time he graduated, Trabuco did not have enough money to immediately attend college. He eventually found a job at what at that time was a small local bank, with just a few branches around the city of Marilia, called Bradesco. Trabuco was hired on as a bank teller, and over his first year, he proved himself to be a capable and hard-working employee.

Through the 1970s he slowly worked his way up the company’s hierarchy, first becoming shift manager, then branch manager, then reaching district manager. During this time he was also able to achieve the goal that originally prompted him to get the job – he put himself through college. Getting a master’s degree in social psychology, Trabuco was now in possession of a highly polished and impressive resume. His higher-ups started noticing his accomplishments. In 1984, he was given his first executive role with the firm.


As head of the company’s marketing department, Trabuco began leaving his first indelible marks on the corporate culture and Bradesco’s business model. He totally rethought the company’s marketing strategy. First, he began forming strong relationships with local media in every market where Bradesco operated, something his predecessors had badly neglected. Second, he began a concerted effort to improve the company’s public image, sponsoring charity drives, local events and many other ways of crafting a positive corporate image. By the late-80s, sales were higher than they had ever been. In 1992, Trabuco was promoted, this time given the presidency of the firm’s struggling financial planning division.

It was at the helm of the financial planning unit that Trabuco began fundamentally shifting Bradesco’s entire approach to banking. By now a polished student of international banking and marketing, Trabuco immediately saw that the bank’s old ways of doing things were badly antiquated and harmful in the new globalized and highly competitive market space in which Bradesco was participating.

Trabuco immediately scrapped the financial planning division’s one-size-fits-all customer service model, instead opting to create a tiered service reflecting the value of clients. Modeled similar to what one might find at a casino, where the biggest customers get the most extravagant comps, Luiz Carlos Trabuco created Bradesco Prime, a service that extended lavish rewards, separate, luxury facilities and 24/7, on-call personal banking to the firm’s largest high-net-worth clients.

At the time, this was a revolutionary move. But was a crucial element in driving the firm’s total revenues through the roof throughout the decade of the 90s, as the bank attracted many of the highest net worth clients from not only across Brazil, but internationally as well. Trabuco’s successes were once again noted and, in 2003, he was promoted to one of the top slots in the company.

Now president of the insurance division, Trabuco was able to replicate his success. Within 6 years, he grew Trabuco Seguros to the single largest underwriter of retail insurance policies in the country. By this time, many people within Bradesco considered Trabuco to be one of the company’s true leaders. In 2009, he was appointed CEO.

While his tenure as CEO has been mixed, no one disputes the fact that Bradesco, as it now stands, is largely a product of the work of Luiz Carlos Trabuco.

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Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur with a heart and passion to help others succeed. He wrote and published a book called “They Can’t Eat You,” which is tells about what he had to overcome to become successful. The book became an instant hit because of its no non-sense tips on becoming the entrepreneur that reaches their goal. Marc has the experience of entrepreneurial ship because he has invested in many different businesses.

Marc believes in reaching the C-minus student who doesn’t believe that they have a chance to succeed. He informs potential entrepreneurs that he too felt the same way, but he did not give up. Marc remarks that he doesn’t believe that everyone should go to college to reach their life’s goals. No, college is not bad, he states, he just believes that with the right direction and groundwork, people can achieve their business goals successfully.

Marc Sparks is considered a ‘serial’ entrepreneur because for over 37 years of business which had their ups and downs, he entered into business transactions just to see what would happen, whether the business failed or prospered. His business portfolio motto is not to fear but try out your ideas in a trial and error method which can lead to better funding opportunities and networking.

Marc’s business attitude about how to succeed in venture capitalism funding has helped make him a success. He is passionate about bringing along other future business-minded individuals which is why he also created the ‘Spark Tank.’ Marc is also the President of Timber Creek Capital, located in Dallas, Texas.

Marc founded the Timber Creek Capital company as a private equity company because its formation gives him the sole freedom to help potential entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into a lucrative market demand entity. His same efforts are also displayed with the Spark Tank.

With both entities, Marc is a hands-on mentor who provides the groundwork training that entrepreneurs need to take their ideas from the beginning to a fruitful end. He provides office space that would mimic each person’s virtual business site.

In addition to supporting future entrepreneurs, Marc Sparks is a generous philanthropist throughout his Dallas community areas. He supports high school programs and many different charities like Habitat for Humanity and the Samaritan Inn, both of which helps people, not with a hand-out but with a helping hand. Learn more: