We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Knight and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, how do you think about risk?
Life is about risks and rewards… higher the risk, higher the reward (and higher the consequences!) I’m a poker player and gambler at heart, so I tend to take higher risks. I think the belief of, “I can do anything I set my mind to,” and knowing my mom will always have my back, has given me the confidence to shoot for the stars.
What should our readers know about your business?
Urban Events Global is a travel company of professional, African American adventure seekers. Our travelers enjoy experiencing all that life has to offer through various group travel events, networking and meeting like – minded individuals with an appetite for fun and exploration. Urban Events Global’s primary focuses are: • Adventure • Experiences • Networking • Philanthropy • Friendship Urban Events Global’s Vision is to cultivate a space for professional African Americans to interact through organic events around the world. The development of these unique and non-traditional experiences ultimately allows participants the opportunity to relax and develop new friendships, all while in a care – free environment. Depending on the adventure, the number of travelers range from 400 to 2,000. Beginning as a camping trip in 2011, the organization has grown to become the hub for several events such as Urban Camp Weekend, Urban Excursion Weekend, Urban Cruise Weekend and annual UEG international events. As an avid traveler, I am most proud of seeing my people step outside of the box and enjoy all the world has to offer. All of the long hours, emails and phone calls make everything worth it to see my community traveling together and learning more about the space that has been blessed to them. Entrepreneurship has its challenges, however, with dedication, consistency and the right team & supporters, anything is possible. I highly encourage anyone with dreams and aspirations of starting their own business to follow their passion and their purpose will unfold.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First, Houston is my favorite city so this scenario happens often! We would have to ensure we are properly energized for the festivities ahead so we must stop at Sam’s Boat for crawfish. A nice bar such as 5015, Phil & Derek’s, etc is great for good drinks and vibes. As for nightlife, as long as there is good music, drinks and cool people around, we can have fun doing mostly anything!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My life story and successes have many contributing factors. My single-parent army mom, and her willingness to trust me, and instill a sense of independence in me. My first real boss, Mr. Boyce, whom showed me the same love and support. The University of Texas, Kappa Alpha Psi, every career position I held in the Financial Services industry, etc…