2014 Distinguished Citizen Honoree
Maryles and Marc Casto
Founder, Casto Travel
We are thrilled to honor Maryles and Marc Casto as the 2014 Distinguished Citizens and thank them for their contributions to the community. They will be the first mother and son team honored in the 40 year history of the Distinguished Citizen Award.
Maryles is Founder and Chairwoman of Casto Travel, celebrating 40 years in the business. A native of the Philippines, she began her career as a Flight Attendant for Philippines Airlines, quickly moving up to manager of in-flight services. After coming to the United States in 1968 and working for a travel agency, she launched Casto Travel in 1974 with clients like Apple, Intel and Kleiner Perkins. Casto’s travel growth began to achieve great success in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
Maryles is also active in several civic, philanthropic and industry organizations, and is a staunch supporter of arts in the course of her career. She currently serves on the board of the Commonwealth Club of California, El Camino Hospital Foundation, Silicon Valley Creates and Heritage Bank Advisory Board. She is a member of the committee of 200, a Global organization of leading businesswomen and the International Woman’s Forum.
When she’s not traveling around the globe, Maryles spends her time with her family and grandchildren Elenora and Abigail.
Marc Casto is President & Chief Executive Officer of Casto Travel. He leads the company’s operations and directs strategic corporate planning, sales endeavors, and information technology development. His direct duties also include oversight and management of all international development, notably expansion within Asia through Casto Philippines, Inc.
As a highly engaged person within the industry he serves at an executive level on multiple travel and other industry related boards, including Commonwealth Business Travel Group, the American Society of Travel Agents, the Corporate Advisory Council, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and the Mayor’s Task Force for San Jose Airport. Previously he also served as the Chairman of the Board for the San Jose Visitors and Convention Bureau/ Team San Jose, board positions for Business Travel News, CTAP, as well as numerous hotel advisory boards.
Marc has been recognized by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal as one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders in Silicon Valley.” and by Travel Agent Magazine as a “Rising Star” in the industry. As a native of California you can frequently find him out in the hills hiking with his kids, or sneaking off to the coast to go scuba diving.
Distinguished Citizen Dinner
The dinner will take place on Friday November 21, 2014 at the McEnery Convention Center in downtown San Jose. The evening will begin with a 6:00 PM reception followed by dinner and program at 7:00 PM.
If you would like to attend and or support the event, you may contact Director of Development, Margaret Caldwell at Margaret.Caldwell@scouting.org, register online or fill out the dinner sponsorship form.
Thank you again to all those who supported last year’s event honoring Jon Ball.
The Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council has honored many of the leading corporate and community leaders of Silicon Valley with the Distinguished Citizen Award. This annual event raises awareness for Scouting as well as the necessary funds to serve over 13,000 youth in our community with lessons in character development, leadership and physical fitness.