Jon Castro has been an employee of B&I Contractor’s Sheet Metal since 2011 and accountable for all of B&I Contractor’s Sheet Metal operations since 2016. This includes all P&L, employee training, and overseeing the fabrication shop, among other tasks.
Because two of B&I’s core markets are the healthcare and educational sectors, over the past decade they have helped tens of thousands of patients receive cutting-edge healthcare and assist with providing students with state-of-the-art educational facilities. With the tremendous population growth that has taken place in South Florida, the need for additional hospitals and schools has been integral to the overall quality of life in the area.
“Being able to assist our communities, the communities that we live in and are a part of has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career,” Castro said. “On a more personal note, my son was born three months premature in 2021 and spent 66 days in a NICU. He’s a healthy, happy energetic toddler now. But that experience of being a parent with a child in the NICU has forever changed me. The lens that I view healthcare projects through is so much more personal now. The buildings we work on truly change people’s lives forever.”
When he took over the sheet metal department, Castro was only 33. At that time, they had about 100 sheet metal workers and $10 million in yearly revenue. Now they fluctuate around 200 employees and $42 million in revenue.
He developed the B&I Sheet Metal Career Path that shows step-by-step advancements that each employee needs to achieve in order to advance his or her own sheet metal career.