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Rick & Christopher Castillo Named to Florida Trend’s 500 List of Most Influential Business Leaders

Maitland, FL, October 5th, 2023 – Castillo Engineering announced today that its Founder and President, Rick Castillo, and its CEO, Christopher Castillo, were both named to Florida Trend’s Florida 500 List of most influential business leaders. The state’s leading business news media outlet, Florida Trend, compiles the Florida 500, a special publication and year-long research initiative that highlights the 500 most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the state. Rick and Christopher were recognized due to their ability to overcome unforeseen obstacles and lead the company’s rapid expansion.

“We are honored to have been recognized in this esteemed list of Florida’s most prominent business leaders,” said Rick Castillo, Founder and President at Castillo Engineering. “My son, Christopher, and I have worked diligently together to expand the business tremendously in a short amount of time - all while helping to deliver more affordable clean energy to residents and businesses throughout the country.”

Rick and Christopher were recognized, in part, due to their ability to ensure that all of Castillo Engineering’s employees maintained their positions without any decrease in compensation during the pandemic. At the same time, the company’s gross revenue and employee count each grew by over 200 percent. The company was also named to Inc. 5000’s list of the fastest growing companies in America during this same period as a result of the firm’s rapid, multi-year growth. Last year alone, the company’s sales grew by 60 percent, which can be attributed to the company’s expansion of its utility-scale solar and community solar division, which grew by 140 percent.

Influential Florida business leaders that have been named to the Florida 500 alongside Christopher and Rick include Nitin Motwani, Managing Partner of Miami Worldcenter Associates, the lead developer of a $4 billion mixed use ‘city within a city’ in downtown Miami; David Martin, CEO of Terra, a developer that works with 16 municipalities across Miami-Dade; and Jorge Gonazlez, Vice Chairman and CEO of City National Bank.

“I’m proud to have been recognized in the Florida 500 alongside my father,” said Christopher Castillo, CEO at Castillo Engineering. “We feel very grateful to have been able to significantly grow our family business over the past year, enabling us to drive greater adoption of more renewable sources of energy in the process. We are particularly thankful for our extremely passionate, hardworking and intelligent team members, as we would not have been able to accomplish these record results without them.”

Learn more about the Florida 500, and follow Castillo Engineering on LinkedIn and Twitter to stay up to date with the company’s achievements and announcements throughout 2023.

About Castillo Engineering

Founded in 1998, Castillo Engineering is a leading design and engineering firm that delivers expertise in full service solar and energy storage design, engineering, and consulting services to developers, EPC contractors and utility companies. Castillo Engineering’s services cover electrical, structural, medium and high voltage for residential and utility-scale projects ranging from 5 kW to 500 MW. The firm’s experience completing 1.5 GW of solar and energy storage projects and unmatched expertise has made it the go-to solar engineering firm for utility-scale ground mount system construction documents for the industry’s top EPCs and developers. The firm was ranked by Inc 5000 three years in a row as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S., as well as the 9th fastest growing engineering firm in the nation. Castillo Engineering is based in Maitland, Florida, and is licensed in all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. Learn more at


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