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Mark Castel became a lecture agent in 1981 and started American Entertainment International in 1991. After founding AEI Speakers bureau, Castel has been highly sought after by the media to comment on the lecture business. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Meetings and Incentives, and Training magazines. He has appeared as a guest on the Fox News program The O’Reilly Factor and interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered. AEI Speakers Bureau was highlighted in an article that appeared in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Jon Keller from WBZ news had him appear on a segment for the local CBS affiliate station.
Castel, a native of New York City, graduated from Fordham University in 1980. After working in New York City promoting public seminars to corporations, he became a lecture agent in Boston. In 1991 he decided to start his own company with a business model that reflected the needs of AEI clients.
“AEI has been hugely successful because of our philosophy of making the client number one,” says Castel. “Our entire team is focused on making an event seamless and memorable, we strive to create an experience with every audience either in-person or virtually”.
Mark Castel is involved with many hobbies in his spare time. He is an avid sportsman, marksman, bow hunter and SCUBA diver, advancing to instructor and logging more than 1,000 cold water and technical dives. Castel has studied Tae Kwon Doe, Kick Boxing, and is an amateur mechanic having built a Kelmark GT kit car in 1980. Additionally, he spends time studying WWII history, gardening, clamming, diving in the summer and loves to cook gourmet meals (mostly with “lobsta”). He recently took up HPDE (High Performance Driving Event) with his new supercar and is a member of the Whiskey Hill Raceway, a 2.3-mile road course.
Castel met his wife Carolyn, a former client, while working on an event together. The Castel’s make their home in Greater Boston and have a lovely daughter, two labs, a basement full of sports memorabilia, pinball machines and WWII Allied and Axis collectibles.