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James (JIM) Sparks

experience

Jan 2012Present

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 2012Present

Adjunct Professor of Marketing

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

Aug 1985Dec 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

19891991

MBA

The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business
19731977

Bachelor of Science

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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