James (JIM) Sparks

experience

Work History
Jan 2012 - Present

Principal

The Sparks Group.
A firm that specializes in marketing and branding for companies in the travel, financial, and non-profit industries. We hire out for short and long term engagements to provide solutions.
Jan 2012 - Present

Adjunct Professor of Marketing

National Louis University
Adjunct professor lecturing in the following courses: Marketing for Managers, Marketing Strategy, and Communications within Organization.

Aug 1985 - Dec 2010

Managing Director

Discover Financial Services
Executed new merchant acquisition strategy focused on achieving 100% global acceptance among top 500 credit card merchants as measured by sales volume. Led five-person team and held full budgetary responsibility; direct report to Head of Global Acquisitions. Previous role was managing the National Accounts relationship group and refocused efforts on increasing profitability of top 500 merchants.

education

Education
1989 - 1991

MBA

The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business
1973 - 1977

Bachelor of Science

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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EDUCATION 

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Payments
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Marketing Communications
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Brand Management
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Marketing