Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaylon Beck.
Kaylon, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story is not as traditional as it may seem. Before I graduated from high school, I was confused and lost on what I wanted to study in college. It was the second semester of my senior year in high school when I attended a college fair and the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management was there to talk about their program.
Although, I attended high school in the Third Ward area directly across the street from the University of Houston, at the time I was unfamiliar with what both the school and the program had to offer. I was immediately intrigued by the hospitality program and that was the only school I applied to. I was accepted and that moment started my training and experience.
While there, my concentration was event planning and catering. I learned so much about the industry and was able to intern with top companies such as the Hilton, Landry’s Corporation in Galveston where I had the opportunity to meet Tilman Fertitta, Aramark where I lived in Alaska for a summer, and Music World Properties where I grew from intern to event manager under Matthew Knowles company. Personally, I feel that my experience sets me apart from others.
Although I interned, I also worked for Pappas restaurants and City Kitchen Catering for 3+ years where I gained true customer service experience. These were the jobs that taught me the most about treating guests and clients with the utmost respect when it comes to owning your business. I knew that I wanted to eventually own a business someday, but was unsure of what exactly it would be.
After graduating in 2014, when I didn’t receive acceptance into the MGM Grand Management Training Program, that motivated me to start my own business and that is how K. Benai Events began.
Has it been a smooth road?
Of course not, but it has been less of a tough road than what I assumed it would be. In the beginning stages, I struggled with gaining the confidence to step out and start on my own. I constantly battled with feeling as though I did not have enough experience, that I was not ready and that people would not take me seriously. Sometimes I still struggle with not giving myself enough credit and knowing my worth.
Another struggle is realizing that friendships and relationships with people are not meant to last forever. Some people may think that this has nothing to do with business, but honestly, it has everything to do with it. I thought that some of my closest friends would support me and be a listening ear but the friendships and relationships that I have recently developed have been the most impactful. I heard in the “How I Built This” Podcast with Spanx creator Sara Blakely that sharing your ideas with people can in a way hinder you sometimes.
You often times think that when starting a business, everyone is going to be on your side and support you but often times end up defending and explaining your goals and dreams instead of pursuing them. I made the decision to attain my master’s degree in business and so far that has been my biggest struggle. At the age of 25, I thought my life would be figured out by now.
However, I am learning that we never really figure things out and honestly, it’s not our job to. Graduate school has taught me how to become more independent, resourceful and driven while struggling to achieve something that I really believe in. I would not trade the road I’m on for anything because I have learned so much about myself and am still learning how to become a successful businesswoman on my own terms.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the K. Benai Events story. Tell us more about the business.
K. Benai events is the ultimate hospitality experience dedicated to ensuring your next occasion is stellar. It was created to spotlight all types of local events and is committed to revitalizing the community through coordination. Communication is essential when planning events and K. Benai Events strives to be the best choice of clients by helping to ease their event planning burden.
Through consistent professionalism, we will ensure a worry and hassle-free event at a reasonable price. K. Benai Events has plans to be a staple in the community as well as the corporate and entertainment industry. The intentions are to become a leading hospitality company offering services such as event planning and nightlife entertainment. The plan is to start now, by gaining experience and staying afloat in the industry.
Revitalizing the community through coordination is a key concept for K. Benai Events. The mission is to create memories that are everlasting for both the client and the company’s employees through entertaining events ranging from corporate and social to local and communal. Services range from full-service event planning to day of wedding coordination, event management, event décor and much more.
As the owner, I am most proud of the journey and where I have grown. One year ago, I started a blog (kbenai.com) which highlights the highs, lows, and experiences of me starting a business as a young African-American woman. Not many people are open and with the growth of social media, some things don’t seem as authentic anymore. I want people to know the truth about how I have struggled and not many people want that to be seen about them.
Where do you see your industry going over the next 5-10 years? Any big shifts, changes, trends, etc?
Within the next 5-10 years, I plan to be one of the top event planners in the U.S. I would love to do event production for major award shows such as the Oscar’s, Grammy’s, etc. I have other goals like starting another business down the line, but for now graduating and focusing on event planning are my main priority.
- Website: kbenai.com
- Phone: 8328440938
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/k.benaievents/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/k.benaievents/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/kaylonbenai