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Meet Kevin Knight of Urban Events Global

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Knight.

Hi Kevin, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve literally been traveling since birth. I was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and grew up mainly in Louisiana and Texas with a sprinkle of South Carolina. My mother was in the US Army for 22 years before she retired; it afforded me the opportunity to travel, visit different places and forced me to meet and assimilate with many types of people and cultures.

Anyone that understands the “Army Brat” life understands that your friends may come and go, but the knowledge and impression they leave on you can be everlasting. As a young kid, you never really knew when you’d have to move to the next spot, or when your best friend for the last year would be moving to another base. Keep in mind, my upbringings were prior to the internet and email, so staying in touch with your friends in grade school wasn’t really going to happen (no pen pal action.) Growing up in this environment forces you to enjoy your friends while they’re there, and seize every moment (hence my care-free attitude, zest for life and excuse for being bad with names/faces.)

So why start this company? Simple answer – people kept asking/telling me, “let me know the next time you fly out!” I finally called their bluffs and a couple hundred people actually came out!? The best part was being able to help my friends, family, and complete strangers enhance and enjoy their current friendships while forging new ones. A lot of our guests are either looking to experience new things, create some fun road trip stories or relive some old trip stories that they haven’t been able to recreate while “adulting.” It’s also personally gratifying to be able to have a business with a charitable component, and ability to give back to the communities and countries that we visit.

So anyway, 3 passports later, I secretly hope that our guests can have the same “awakening” I had back in 2000 during a study abroad program. Living in another country for a semester can really change your views on yourself, your own country, and the things you thought brought happiness.

When you’re able to see some of the poorest (money-wise) people on earth, happier than some of the richest (money-wise) people you know from back home in the US, it does something to you. You learn to not only appreciate what you have but how to appreciate life in a different way. The things we take for granted are truly exposed through travels…

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Entrepreneurship has its ups and downs, however, it has definitely been worth it. Our company continues to work hard to find ways to stay relevant and in tune with market trends while creating our own lane. This company is being built from the ground up so it has taken quite a bit to get where we are today. A challenge is finding others with the same passion for success as you, however, I am very thankful to my family, friends, supporters and team for their contributions to Urban Events Global.

As you know, we’re big fans of Urban Events Global. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Urban Events Global is really an opportunity for African Americans (my people) to get together, make new friends, network and travel the world. It’s that simple. We welcome group and solo travelers from all parts of the world. We have traveled to places such as Rio de Janeiro, Thailand, Dubai, Mexico, South Africa, Barbados, St. Lucia…the list goes on & on!

Our daily promotions can be found on our event social media pages. Follow Urban Events Global on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter…you name it, we have it. We even have payment plans with most of our trips needing only a $50 deposit to sign up. No membership fees. Just visit our website, select & pay for the event you want to go on, and we will see you there!

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
Yes, I take risks daily! I would consider myself a risk taker, however, much thought & consideration goes into the risks I take. I think about the best & worst case scenarios and make the best informed decision as possible. Life & business are all about taking risks.

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