CEO / CIO
Mr. Sparks is a Founder of Shelter Growth Capital Partners and its affiliate SG Capital Partners, where he functions as CEO/CIO. Prior to founding SGCP, Mr. Sparks owned and managed DLS Advisors, established in October of 2008 to invest in mortgage and other fixed income securities, equities and real estate. Prior to establishing DLS Advisors, Mr. Sparks was an employee of Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1989 to July 2008, serving as a Partner from 2002 to 2008 and a Managing Director from 1999 to 2008. Mr. Sparks spent his 19 years at Goldman Sachs in the firm’s Fixed Income Division working the majority of that time in the mortgage business including serving as head of the firm’s Mortgage Department. Mr. Sparks also spent portions of his career at Goldman Sachs trading emerging market debt, asset-backed securities, and working in securitization and whole loan finance. As head of the Mortgage Department, Mr. Sparks’ responsibilities included oversight of trading, capital commitment, finance and risk management related to the division’s activities in residential and commercial mortgage loans, consumer loans, securities and derivatives. Mr. Sparks was a member of Goldman Sachs’ Firmwide Risk Committee, co-head of Goldman Sachs’ Structured Products Capital Committee and Chairman of the Board of Goldman Sachs Commercial Mortgage Capital. He also served on the Boards or Advisory Committees for Goldman Sachs subsidiaries Litton Loan Servicing, Avelo Mortgage and Senderra. Mr. Sparks holds B.B.A.s in both Finance and Accounting from Texas A&M University where he has served on the Board of Trustees for the 12th Man Foundation. He also served on the Mays Business School Finance Department Advisory Board which recognized him as an Outstanding Alumnus in 2008.