"In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities:
Integrity, Intelligence and Energy.
And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you."
- Warren Buffett
Who We Are
Friends for over 30 years, the co-founders/partners each bring a unique value to SPARC. We have extensive experience and hold advanced degrees in our focus areas - entrepreneurship, law, marketing and finance. Simply put - Our knowledge is diverse and our expertise is deep. We will be shrewd negotiators, wise investors and creative marketers that work tirelessly for you as a client. We have a family culture here at SPARC, and when you join our team you can expect to have us as a lifelong business partner that is there to support you both on and off the field.
JONATHAN HOWARD, ESQ.
Jonathan is an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor and manages contract negotiations at SPARC. With over fifteen years of experience as a practicing attorney, his background in both litigation and negotiation aids him in assisting clients in all facets of the contract negotiation process. He has represented thousands of criminal defendants in both, the federal and state courts in Maryland, as well as the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., negotiating numerous favorable plea agreements and litigating over fifty jury trials. Jonathan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona and continued his education at the University of San Diego School of Law, earning his Juris Doctor in 2000. He is licensed to practice law in California, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
A competitive athlete in both high school and college, Jonathan is now an active triathlete, with the goal of one day competing in the Ironman. He donates his time and energy towards supporting the Special Olympics and SOME (So Others Might Eat). Jonathan resides in Maryland with his wife and son.
Kristian is responsible for the client Marketing and Public Relations at SPARC. His consulting/advisory background coupled with Fortune 500 sales experience provides a strong foundation to assist clients with building their brand strategy. Kristian's work experience also includes time spent with sports marketing leader, Octagon. Prior to entering the business world he served as an assistant football coach with St. John's College HS and Catholic University in Washington, D.C., helping CU to an undefeated regular season and D-III playoff appearance. Kristian was a full-scholarship Defensive Back at Northeastern University, while also running indoor/outdoor track for the Huskies. He later earned his Master of Business Administration from American University in D.C. with concentrations in Marketing & Finance.
In addition to being a youth coach and member of the Knight's of Columbus, Kristian is proud to participate in community service activities with City Year Washington, DC and The Taproot Foundation. He currently lives in Northern, VA with his wife and three children.
Jeremiah manages the Financial Planning and Insurance Services at SPARC as well as the West Coast Operations. He began his college career as a sprinter at the University of Kansas before transferring to the University of Maryland, where he played Wide Receiver and Special Teams for the Terps. He then attended the University of Rochester, earning his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Corporate Finance. Over the past 15 years he has been a finance leader and entrepreneur within the insurance services industry and has built a lifetime of business relationships that will be valuable in assisting our clients with their financial, tax and insurance strategies. His guidance will be instrumental in helping them build a strong financial foundation on which they can pursue their post-career aspirations.
Jeremiah is based in San Diego, CA, where he lives with his wife and three children. In his free time, he is involved with a number of charities and philanthropic endeavors including the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Stand Up For Kids.