Donté J. Young, Principal

Donté J. Young, Principal

The Young Companies, Inc is a luxury real estate design and creative lifestyle marketing firm based in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to providing interior design services to luxury homeowners, our bespoke interior and creative lifestyle marketing services make the unknown, known in both luxury real estate and other various business sectors.

A native of Dublin, Ohio, Donté has championed the power of modern-day public and media relations on both a regional and international basis while leading as an innovator within the Communications sector. He has positioned The Young Companies, Inc. for its next generation of growth by executing a strong plan that is delivering results today while operating out of their agency headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

Prior to founding The Young Companies, Donté served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors for FinMarc Ventures. During his tenure, he led the company’s focus on growth in the lifestyle communications sector, positioned the firm as a leading boutique communications firm in the entertainment and celebrity sectors and elevated the verbal communications brand of numerous celebrities, organizations, and Fortune 500 corporations. Before that, Sotheby’s International Realty was where Donté began his communications career over a decade ago as Vice President of International Communications.

He currently serves as the Social Events Chair for the Italian Village Society and is a Founding Member of SideStreet Private Cigar Club in Napa, Ca. He has also been involved with numerous charitable organizations such as Big Brother Big Sister, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Make A Wish Foundation, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Donté was named one of the ‘Top 300 Black Businessmen’ by Who’s Who of Chicago in 2008. Donté holds numerous certifications and is formally educated in the fields of architectural engineering, business marketing, graphic design, real estate, and finance. In 2019 he received his Entrepreneur Specialization Certification from The Wharton School of Business and is currently obtaining an Entrepreneurship Essentials Certification from Harvard University’s Online Studies.

He and his body of work have been featured in numerous publications throughout New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Miami, and Dallas. He and his dog, Hampton, reside full time in Downtown Columbus while spending a fair amount of time in Napa Valley, CA and Sag Harbor, NY.

Find what you’d die for and live for it.
— Donté J. Young, Founder and President, The Young Companies

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