THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO HAVE DREAMS, IDEAS AND GOALS COME TO FRUITION, IS THE CORE OF WHAT WE ARE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE BECAUSE OF THE FREEDOMS THAT ARE OURS IN AMERICA.

- Denise Burnett Stewart

SMALL BUSINESS DRIVES THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. IT THRIVES AND SURVIVES NO MATTER WHAT MAY BE GOING ON IN THE MAIN ECONOMY.

- Dick Gadomski

UNLESS WE PROMOTE ENTREPRENEURSHIP, WE WILL NOT HAVE AN EXCITING BUSINESS ATMOSPHERE IN OUR COUNTRY.

- Allen B. Morgan, Jr.

James L. Vining

Vining Sparks IBG, L.P.
President and CEO
Master EntrepreneurPast President

“The entrepreneur must be someone who would choose to do business with himself.” Jim Vining places a great deal of emphasis on the qualities that make an entrepreneur successful: integrity, hard work, creativity, courage and fairness. He is President and CEO of Vining Sparks, IBG, a general securities firm that he founded in 1981. The company has grown from an initial staff of 17 to over 300 employees, with 13 offices in major U. S. cities and London. It is the largest broker of Small Business Administration loans in the U.S.

Prior to Vining Sparks, Jim served as Executive Vice President for Union Planters National Bank, an Assistant Vice President for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and Assistant Director for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. He has also been an instructor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and currently serves on the Faculty of the Midsouth School of Banking.

Jim Vining’s civic involvements include United Way, Briarcrest Christian School, the Special Olympics, and serving as a Trustee and Board Member of the Oklahoma State University Foundation.

Description of Business:

Vining Sparks is an NASD Registered fixed income Broker/Dealer specializing in the distribution of financial services to institutional investors. Through its sixteen domestic and London offices, the firm’s 155 account representatives provide investment services to financial institutions, money managers, insurance companies, governments, and trust departments in all fifty states.

Year Business Founded:

1981

Year Inducted:

1999

Thoughts on Entrepreneurship:

“‘All successful entrepreneurs can identify certain other individuals that make their company viable and later successful. No one individual can build a prosperous organization. The entrepreneur is taking a risk by definition, but companies that make it will have put emphasis on fairness and appreciation to employees and customers. The successful company simply must provide value and deal ethically with customers. Looking back, the entrepreneur must be someone who would choose to do business with himself.”

For More Information: http://www.viningsparks.com