Apogee Awards Honorees: Eric Castro
Meet Eric Castro of Bankers Healthcare Group, an honoree in the Financial Services category at the 2020 Apogee Awards
Eric co-founded Bankers Healthcare Group with a deep passion for effective leadership and execution. Started in 2001 with only $25,000 in capital, today BHG employs more than 700 people; has more than 1,100 U.S. bank partners; and has provided more than $7 billion in financial solutions to tens of thousands of highly skilled professionals across the country.
Fun fact: Lived in Japan for six months while serving with the US Marines as a tanker.
What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? Komodo in Miami
What do you like to do on weekends? On the weekends, I enjoy working in my backyard garden and koi fish pond, exercising, meditating, and I’ve recently taken up golfing.
How do you unwind from a long day at work? I take a long walk through the garden—and unplug from technology to truly enjoy being out in nature.
What is your favorite quote? “In simple terms, the language you use to describe your circumstances determines how you see, experience, and participate in them and dramatically affects how you deal with your life and confront problems both big and small.” ― Gary John Bishop
From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? I try to be present in every situation so that I can be inspired by the people around me. Those who help create new standards with their own accomplishments are especially inspiring to me.
I also draw from nature because it centers me and anchors my mind to the “now.”
What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? Surviving the 2008 crisis, having everything at risk and still getting through it.
What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? The most challenging point of my career was navigating the 2008 financial crisis, which was the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression of 1929. We leveraged our balance sheet to get into a business that we had no business being in—and that turned out to be the worst and best decision we ever made. The worst because we had no knowledge, experience or capital, but the best because we had the ability, drive, and passion to get through it. This experience allowed us to reach new standards and realize what we are capable of doing. We learned that if we could get through that, we could get through anything.
What advice would you give an up and coming professional?
- Put quality into the little things because they make up the big things.
- Pay attention to the things that are most important to you because they will grow the most in your life.
- When someone asks for 5, give them 10; when they ask you for 10 give them 20.
- Focus on the things you can control in life and don’t get caught up on things you can’t control. I found in life there are three things you can control: Your attitude, your effort, and your gratitude