President & Managing Partner, Catalyst Ventures Development
A serial entrepreneur, civic activist, and Newton resident, Settles established Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen in Boston and moved on to real estate development. He is known for his transformative initiatives and partnerships that empower communities of color in the hospitality, real estate, and business development sectors where he promotes minority businesses and recruits minority investors. His residential projects are committed to creating vibrant, attractive, and sustainable neighborhoods and his music projects have enhanced the local cultural scene.
He has been active in the community as chair of the Newton Economic Development Commission and founder/board member of the Black Economic Council. Settles has served and continues to serve, on multiple nonprofit and public boards that advocate economic and social equality for under-served communities. He was recently named one of Boston’s Most Influential Men of Color for 2023 by Get Konnected!