Mark Castel has over 30 years of experience as a lecture agent and bureau owner. After founding AEI Speakers bureau in 1991, 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 for two years 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. "Most speaker bureaus consider the speakers as their clients. AEI recommends speakers that best suit the client's needs. This means that we suggest only speakers that are an ideal fit for client events, even if they are represented by another bureau".
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 with 1 VW from the 70's and a Kelmark GT kit car which he built in 1980. Additionally, he spends time studying WWII history, gardening, clamming, diving in the summer and loves to cook gourmet meals (mostly with "lobsta").
Castel met his wife Carolyn, a former client, while working on an event together. The Castels make their home in Greater Boston and have a lovely daughter, three labs, a basement full of sports memorabilia, pinball machines and WWII Allied and Axis collectibles.