Darryl is President/Managing Partner of Catalyst Ventures Development (CVD) and is Proprietor of Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen (DCBK), a Southern inspired restaurant in the historic South area of Boston. An appreciation for Boston’s diverse communities, a passion for the rich culture the city produces, and the creativity of an entrepreneurial spirit have led Settles to establish Catalyst Ventures Development, LLC, a real estate development and investment firm dedicated to enriching Boston living. As founder of CVD and co-founder of the former WiSe Urban Development (partnership with Winn Development), Settles seeks to address the need for housing in urban communities. In partnership with local non-profit owners and public and private stakeholders, Settles is committed to creating vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods by developing attractive housing that people are proud to call “home.” He has developed many residential projects in Boston’s South End, Roxbury, and Dorchester, Massachusetts, and Newport, Rhode Island over the last 20 plus years. He was also the founder and driving force behind the establishment of the BeanTown Jazz Festival (2001), a weekend of national and local music, food, and art (now produced by Berklee College of Music since 2008).
Today, as a partner with Melnea Partners, Settles’ hospitality and real estate development experience is culminating in a mixed-use development in Lower Roxbury, Massachusetts. It will feature a 150-room hotel, retail space, and 55 market rate and affordable apartment units, offering Boston another exceptional destination. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a BS in Engineering, he also attended an Executive Education Program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, a Digital Equipment Sales Development Program, and a Carnegie-Mellon University’s Engineering Program. Settles is married with two children and resides in Newton, Massachusetts.