Friday, August 10, 2018

Meet Anthony D. Sparks, Author of Confessions of a Dreamer

Anthony D. Sparks

Books: #BETTER, RelationTIPS, Confessions of a Dreamer
How to reach the author: email: contact@anthonydsparks.com; website: www.anthonydsparks.comFacebook: Anthony D. Sparks: Instagram: @AnthonyDSparks; Twitter: @AnthonyDSparks
Quote Sparks uses as a guide in life: “My purpose is to help others live a life OF purpose ON purpose!”
Quote from Sparks about being involved in Local Authors Expo: “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to participate in this year’s Local Authors Expo. Sharing the space with so many creative minds is both humbling and exciting, and I’m just looking forward to being in the room!”

Anthony D. Sparks is the owner and operator of Anthony D. Sparks LLC, a company in which he serves as a certified development coach, author, and motivational speaker. In these roles he seeks to empower others via personal and professional development, relationships, branding, and corporate training. Sparks has written three books: #BETTER: 7 Keys to Living a Life of Progression, Not Perfection; RelationTIPS; and Confessions of a Dreamer. All three of his books have sold throughout the country and worldwide, making best-seller lists on Amazon.com.

After beginning his career as a manager for Regions Bank, Sparks served six years as the executive director of the YMCA Youth Center in downtown Birmingham. He was the youngest executive director in the Birmingham YMCA system and the longest-serving director in the history of the Youth Center. As director, Sparks and his team created a “Life Lab” program for teenagers, balanced the Youth Center’s budget, increased program enrollment and partnerships, and positively impacted over 7,000 students.

Sparks is a graduate of Ramsay High School in Birmingham and the University of North Alabama, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration. His academic accomplishments led Sparks to be elected into the University of North Alabama Hall of Fame. 

Sparks has coached and trained thousands of individuals at hundreds of events across the nation. Some of his previous clients include: Alabama Power Company, Leadership University of Washington, D.C., the City of Jasper, the City of Sylacauga, Alabama A&M University, Regions Bank, Florence City Schools, Birmingham City Schools, A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee, Troy University, Herzing University, and the State of Alabama.

Sparks believes that his purpose is "to help others live a life of purpose on purpose."  A Birmingham native, he is the son of Judge Andra and Karen Sparks. He and his wife, Ashley, have two sons, Aidan, 6, and Ashton, 13 months.

Meet Sparks and 39 other authors at the Birmingham Public Library 2018 Local Authors Expo on Saturday, August 11, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., in the Central Library Grand Reading Room. Read more about the event at www.bplonline.org/localauthors.

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