“Since 2013, I’ve been advising high-level clients on designing events, building social influence, leveraging brands, creating more freedom, and scaling their lifestyle. I’m a lifelong learner with a PhD in philosophy, an event producer, a social scientist, and a connoisseur of champagne and the finer things in life.”
Hi, I’m Kent.
I always love the “about me” page on websites like this because they’re written in the third person …even though they’re typically written by the owner of the site.
So after Kent made several attempts to sound more suave than he really is by writing about himself in the third person, he quickly abandoned that approach and decided to write this page like it was a letter to a friend.
Which …in many ways, it is.
Anyway – what do you want to know?
I’m originally from Canada, with a PhD in philosophy.
I have one brother, a nephew and a niece, and eight cousins.
I’m guessing that’s not the kind of stuff you’re looking for.
You’re probably wondering,
Should I Pay Someone To Scale My Life?
For most people, my answer is NO.
- I can not give you magical access to a luxury lifestyle
For some reason, people equate “luxury events” to “instant access to a luxury lifestyle.”
I get it. That’s also what I used to think back in the day (more on that later).
I thought that by just attending the right events and meeting the right people, everything else in my life would magically fall into place … with little effort on my part.
Well, it didn’t work like that for me at all. None of the most important changes in my life happened overnight.
The reality is, none of my programs are designed to help you “get rich quick” or “improve your life” overnight.
Sure, past clients and attendees have gone on to make a lot of extraordinary connections– from new friends to significant others and long-term business partners…
Or skyrocket their careers or social lives to places that didn’t seem possible…
But none of that is guaranteed to happen for you simply because you enrolled in a program or attended an event.
You see, even if your were told exactly how to get access to what you want and put in front of the right people, what you do with that knowledge / opportunity is is entirely up to you.
So if you’re not prepared to take full responsibility for the future trajectory of your life and the decisions you make, then this isn’t for you
- If you’re focused on how much “stuff” you get, then this isn’t for you.
If you’re going to view all of this as just a way to “purchase” a lifestyle, then chances are you’re not focusing on the inner work and steps required to really transform your life…
The reality is, I don’t view clients or guests as just “customers” engaging in a “business transaction” to purchase a bunch of “stuff.”
…And if that’s how you’re thinking about our relationship, then this isn’t for you.
My events are about connecting fantastically interesting people together, and creating a community of value givers, using champagne as the catalyst (and as a symbol for celebration).
And all of my programs are about helping individuals become the sort of people who would naturally get invited to such communities in the first place…
The way I see it, there are two kinds of people in the world: those who complain when don’t get everything they expected to get in life (those focused on getting), and those who are grateful for what they already have and focus instead of helping and inspiring those around them (those focused on giving).
Sure, you typically get “stuff” from my programs, and I charge a lot for them.
However, nothing I do is built on the business / customer model…
Instead, the focus is always on who we are as people and the positive impact we can make together, not about the “stuff” you end up getting.
Because it’s the people we become that makes the difference. Everything else is just icing on the cake.
And it’s about what we can create together…which is why why so much of what I’ve done comes with a higher, charitable purpose.
Together, the community we’ve built has volunteered THOUSANDS of hours towards some amazing causes– from providing assistance to disadvantaged children to furthering the economic equality of women, helping with disaster relief, and propelling charities (such as the National Kidney Foundation) into new cities.
And that’s key to what all of this is about.
Sure, the process is a LOT of fun. But if you’re only focused on that part, then you’re missing what this is all about.
If you’re just focused on what you’re “getting” for the price that you’re paying, then you’ve missing the big picture, which is likely to end in frustration for you.
And that’s ultimately a waste of your time. If you want to waste time, go see a movie instead. It’s much cheaper.
- If you’re just looking for “Free Access”, I don’t want to help you.
It’s important you understand what I’m telling you.
I can help you, I just won’t. I’m capable of getting you guest listed to some very high-level events, but I refuse to do it.
Because when I hear someone say, “How can I get something for free?”, what I’m really hearing is, “I’m not fully on board with what this all about, not fully committed to being a part of a community of value givers…and instead more interested in my own short terms interests of saving a few bucks.”
And what that really translates to is “I don’t really want to be a person who gives value…I’d prefer to just be given everything without earning it.”
Look, I’m not against getting things for free. Heck, I get offered free access to events all the time.
However, it’s one thing to be offered free stuff, and another thing to simply expect it from others. Expecting things from others for no obvious reason is probably the fastest way to get people to view you as a “value taker” and to have them not want to offer you things ever again.
By contrast, and perhaps somewhat paradoxically, the fastest way to have people offer you things is to lead with value, expecting nothing in return… to demonstrate so much value to others that they will do almost anything to get you involved with what they’re doing (which is when offers of free access to stuff will often start happening automatically).
But that requires LEADING WITH VALUE FIRST to create those opportunities, rather than simply expecting everything to be handed to you for no obvious reason.
You’re Still Here? Good.
Here’s what you can expect from me.
An initial consultation to see if we’re a good fit. If we’re a good fit, then expect to receive a blatant sales pitch for one of my bespoke programs.
Can you believe I just told you flat out that you’re going to receive blatant pitch from me?
Well, for one, that’s kind of how programs like this work.
However, if you’re not convinced that any of this is for you, then we offer some lower-priced program options and events. And you’re welcome to opt for one of those—and extract as much value from it as you’d like.
The idea is you’ll say, “Man, that was really great. I want to get one of his higher priced programs.”
Pretty simple, right?
I call it the old “Demonstrate You Can Provide Value By Actually Providing Value” trick.
Works like a charm.
Or you can just ask around about some of our events, even check out some of the pictures or video available online.
And if you like what you see, the hope is that you’ll commit to one of our higher priced programs.
If not, you won’t.
But I think I’m supposed to do the whole “self aggrandizing biography” thing now so here goes:
I started “Event Hosting” soon after I moved to Pittsburgh in the Fall of 2012 to teach at the University of Pittsburgh.
At this point, a few days after moving to the city, I knew almost nobody (like 3 people total). Initially, I started attending other people’s events to meet people.
About a month later, I decided to host my first event, a very simple James Bond themed party, which I modeled on other highly successful luxury events.
The event was mildly successful. About 30 people attended.
A few months later, I hosted a simple cocktail event which was more successful: it had over 200 people show up. It was on this night that I realized that I had to be more organized about things.
So, I tried to selling tickets to some of my events, something I had previously told myself I would never do, as I had no interest in ever becoming a “paid promoter” or of giving up my academic career.
I also started implementing an “invite only” platform, to keep the quality of guests high.
And I started donating any excess revenue (over and above covering basic expenses) to charity. This turned out to be one of the most important pieces moving forward.
The following year, I decided to spearhead a global version of my Bond party from the previous year: 10 cities from around the globe all hosting Bond themed parties within a night or two of each other and all donating to the same charity (the charity: water, which provides clean drinking water to parts of the world in need of it).
At this point, my events began getting some serious media attention, despite my attempts to keep them “under the radar.” By early 2014, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette decided they wanted to feature me as one of 10 people to meet in the city.
Soon after that, I was getting offers to host events in cities all over the globe…and expanded to a number of other locations, including Vancouver, Denver, Cleveland, Seattle, LA, Portland, Hong Kong, Prague, Brazil, and others.
And that’s how I got my start as an “event host” and my current lifestyle… all the while keeping (and scaling) my academic career…
Along the way, I also started helping others to host events and redesign various aspects of their lives…
Fast forwarding to today, we now offer advise individuals in a wide range of areas of event and lifestyle design: from luxury even production to elite social life design, dating & relationships, style, health & wellness, critical thinking & philosophical worldview examination, luxury purchases, and more.
Some have called my programs the most innovative and inspiring thing they’ve ever taken part in.
However, I’ll let you decide for yourself what you think.
So Here’s My First ‘Pitch’ To You:
Go to my home page and enter your contact info.
If/when a spot opens up, either myself or someone on my team will reach out.
And if it makes sense for us to work together, then we can look further into making that happen.
If it doesn’t, then we won’t.
Pretty simple, right?
Thanks for reading this page and talk soon!