David Castain is an American travel influencer and entrepreneur who was recently featured in Forbes Under 30. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Howard University, a Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and is currently a Ph.D. student at Howard University. Ebony Magazine describes him as “single and sexy”, the Huffington Post calls him “a marketing maven” and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin says he is “the kind of person movies are made about”.
David and his four siblings were raised in a single parent household in the urban community of Los Angeles County, California. He grew up in government housing watching his mother struggle to make ends meet. He was kicked out of multiple high schools before attending a secondary school for students with behavioral issues that are at risk of not graduating. Hanging in the wrong circles as a teenager lead to a legal incident that he thought would cost him a chance at strong future and more importantly his freedom. David thought going to jail had cost him his dreams, but when a second chance came his way vowed to change himself and never again do anything detrimental to his future success.
David began throwing parties while in college, branding himself as an event specialist. He subsequently became a trendsetter in the world of entertainment after being dubbed “one of the country’s best promoters” by The Washington Times. He has organized events with celebrity superstars such as Diddy, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and Drake. Quickly realizing that expansion is an inherent part of success, David broadened his client base organizing events with Sports Icons such as LeBron James, and Floyd Mayweather. Using the momentum created from these events, he launched David Castain & Associates, a firm designed to address all issues involved in the growth of a business including marketing, strategy, and economic competitiveness. Data Fox estimated his company’s annual gross revenue to be 5.5 million.
David didn’t own a passport until his first year of graduate school and was terrified of planes. Yet, to expand his business he was determined to trot the globe. He has now flown over 349 thousand miles, which is more than 14 times around the world. He’s been to 36 countries on 192 flights at 69 airports, spending more than 925 hours airborne.
Traveling has helped David define his innate character, discover new marketing trends and create experiences beyond the norm. He has charmed king cobras in Sri Lanka, laid with tigers in Thailand, driven tanks in Budapest, ran with wild kangaroos in Australia, trekked the jungles of Costa Rica, climbed the waterfalls of Hawaii, ridden camels across the deserts of Qatar and ostriches across the beaten paths of South Africa, played polo in Prague, meditated in South Korea, and watched sunsets in the Maldives. These are a few examples of his global exploits.
Committed to giving back to the community, he also founded the David Castain Foundation, a nonprofit organization geared towards changing the future of youth who may not otherwise possess the necessary tools and resources to achieve success.
His accomplishments, both educational entrepreneurial, have led to much recognition, including large social media platforms, and a vast fan base. His content often goes viral and his platforms have catapulted his personal brand resulting in many speaking engagements, red carpet appearances, and professional opportunities.