We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Knight and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I live by the mantra, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Loving what I do is the most important factor behind my personal and company success.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Founded by Kevin Knight, 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 vision is to cultivate a space for professional people of color 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. During the many adventures, travelers range from 400 to 2,000 participants. 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 the annual UEG Meet Up. Furthermore, in 2017, Urban Events Global was included in BAUCE magazine’s “7-Black Owned Travel Groups That You and Your Squad Should Join Now” and was awarded the 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Adventure Travel Company. Urban Events Global believes in serving others and participates in philanthropic efforts towards various charities and organizations. Urban Events Global has contributed to the University of Texas at Austin Black Alumni Scholarship benefiting minority students, Develop University’s field day event serving youth of all ages in character development, mentorship, and life coaching, and Star of Hope Christian-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women, and their children. Urban Events Global continues to find new opportunities to be a blessing to others in need and make a lasting impact on the lives of others. 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. Although it’s a challenge finding others with the same passion for success as you, I am very thankful to my family, friends, supporters and team for their contributions to Urban Events Global. 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!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
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