With Masters and Doctorate degrees, a private pilot’s license, a ticket on the upcoming Virgin Galactic space flight, two East African Safari Rallies, and a Baja 1000 finish in his pocket, 30 off road motorcycle excursions, a marathon, a state champion athlete, a college scholarship winner, a plethora of business experiences, and many unforgettable stories, international entrepreneur, philanthropist, and all-round nomadic adventurer, Dr. Steven C. Funk, has experienced much since his Iowa farm boy youth.

Pursuing a career in oral surgery in a residency at Vancouver General Hospital, a chance social conversation persuaded Steven to take a one year sabbatical. Residency in one of Canada’s foremost teaching hospitals was traded for an apprenticeship with a pair of the country’s most successful property investors, and prolific entrepreneurs – Nelson Skalbania and Peter Thomas.

Funk, over the course of his career, built operating interests in three countries to market leadership positions. Today, alongside a 53,000-acre rainforest eco-estate in Central America, and the development of the most majestic private residential sporting fly-in community near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Dr. Funk focuses on philanthropic endeavors and private investments.

Dr. Funk is a founding director of Unitus, and founding funder of Unitus Capital, now the largest boutique investment banking group in the microenterprise space which recently surpassed $1 billion in funding initiatives. Dr. Funk serves on the Innovations Board of the XPrize Foundation, and is the appointed Special Envoy to British Columbia for Film and Digital Media. Dr. Funk is a sponsor of TED, now basing its annual international event in his hometown of Vancouver, B.C., he provides an annual college scholarship to members of his high school alma mater in Iowa, and supports numerous other caring organizations.