Darryl Scotti: An Eventful Life
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SANTA CLARA — For Darryl Scotti, becoming owner of Santa Clara’s premier event planning company was the culmination of a gradual series of career developments, each of which served to equip him for success in his ultimate entrepreneurial endeavor. It all began in his early years, when he was hired as a guitarist for the band Spiral Starecase. “We were known for the hit song, ‘More Today than Yesterday,’” he says. “After seven years of touring in the ’70s, it got to the point where every town looked the same as the last, and I realized it wasn’t the life I wanted.”
Following his stint as a professional musician, Darryl found himself handling an entirely new responsibility after a need arose at his family’s business. “Soon after I left the band, my father became sick, so I went to help out at our family’s restaurant in Santa Cruz,” he remembers. “After he passed away, I took over the restaurant and continued to manage it for a few years, wherein I learned a lot about business administration. I also learned how difficult the restaurant business is, so I decided to get back into the entertainment industry—this time as a broker, agent, producer and promoter.”
It was during the course of his second music career that Darryl came across a unique and lucrative prospect. “As a producer and agent in the Silicon Valley, I was introduced to the burgeoning corporate marketplace, where I recognized a huge opportunity,” he remembers. “Utilizing my background in entertainment and experience in the hospitality industry, I decided to start my own event planning company that specialized in corporate events.”
Today, as owner of Darryl Scotti Events, Inc., Darryl says he appreciates the characteristic variety of his career. “When I was in the restaurant business, I enjoyed entertaining people, but the venue was always the same. What I like about this business is that we get to create a similar experience in terms of hospitality and entertainment, but in all different types of settings, which keeps things interesting.”
Outside of work, Darryl engages in a variety of activities, from competing on the golf course to spending time with his wife, Yvonne. “My main leisure activity is golf, which I play two or three times a week,” he says. “I also enjoy spending time with my wife, whether on our weekly Friday date night or taking weekend trips to Palm Springs.” Additionally, Darryl stays busy by being involved with his church and pursuing various music projects.
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Darryl says he’d tackle a couple of items on his bucket list. “I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland and play golf. I’d also like to write a book about some of the life lessons I’ve learned, particularly in regard to obtaining and sustaining personal serenity.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your earliest memory?
A: Sitting next to my mother as a toddler and learning how to eat an apple.
Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: An early bird—I see the sun rise every morning.
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: I collect MLB memorabilia. In addition to having a massive San Francisco Giants collection from their three recent World Series wins, I own the 500 Club—that is, I have an autographed ball from every player who has hit more than 500 home runs.
Q: If you were a professional athlete, what number would you wear on your jersey?
A: Number 1, because that’s what I, like any competitive athlete, strive to be in my particular field.
Q: If you could talk to anyone living or dead, who would it be?
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A: It’s a tie between Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi.