A brief timeline of John Anthony’s life.
Born to Lead Our Nation
Being an elected leader requires you to see and understand all sides of issues. You cannot lead a nation of diverse views and opinions unless you fully understand everyone’s perspective. John’s life story illustrates this well-rounded understanding of America.
John Anthony was born into a working class military family stationed at the U.S. military base in Germany. Having a drill sergeant for a father isn’t ideal when you’re a child, but John Anthony later realized it was the greatest asset in his life.
A Humble Upbringing
John Anthony’s family moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at the age of 10.
John Anthony’s family moves to Laredo, Texas, where his father pursues a career with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
John Anthony launches a local campaign to challenge a local syndicate of corrupt politicians. In the process, John Anthony is unlawfully arrested on multiple occasions on false charges that are later found to have been fabricated.
John Anthony launches a successful living wage campaign for county workers and helps establish a civil service commission for city employees to provide job security. John Anthony later becomes a Certified Union Organizer with the USWA.
After the September 11th attacks, John Anthony pursues and earns a Congressional Nomination to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point during active wartime. John Anthony also receives a Presidential Nomination. At the outset of the unjustified Iraqi invasion, however, John Anthony resigns in protest and instead decides to follow his own path and passion to pursue a career in law. John Anthony and others knew that Iraq had no connection to the 9/11 attacks. We favored invading Iran and holding Saudi Arabia accountable.
The First Campaign
John Anthony launches a bid for County Commissioner at the age of 19 becoming the youngest person to ever run for office in the history of South Texas.
My Plan for Laredo
John Anthony self-published his first book, My Plan for Laredo, to provide the city with a vision of what it could be if the people only believed in themselves. This is the start of John Anthony demonstrating his ability to produce concrete plans to solve real world problems.
House of Cards
After years of campaigning to expose public corruption, John Anthony efforts result in FBI raids, arrests, and resignations that include the Chief of Police, County Commissioner, and the District Attorney. The City of Laredo elects a former FBI Agent as Mayor, and John Anthony declares victory.
A Love Story
John Anthony meets Joanna Lynn at Texas A&M International University. Only 68 days after meeting her, he proposes and she accepts. They both started the year single and ended the year married.
John Anthony climbs the ladder from New England School of Law in Boston to the University of New Mexico School of Law in Albuquerque before finally graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.
Debt Triggers Impulsion
John Anthony earned his Juris Doctor from UNM Law and his Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown Law. But it’s not without sacrifice and burden. John Anthony graduates with more than $250,000 in student loan debt.
The Entrepreneurial Spirit Arises
After two years working for other firms, John Anthony decides to establish his own firm, Castro & Co.
The Castro Family
John Anthony and Joanna Lynn start a family. Sabrina Bella is born in Orlando, Florida. John Anthony later explains “You think you know true love when you meet your future spouse, but that’s nothing compared to the love you feel when your first child is born. It’s an indescribable kind of love.”
Castro & Co. Takes Off
Castro & Co. explodes in growth. After perfecting the business model, it begins generating millions in annual revenue. In a span of only a few years, John Anthony goes from struggling under the pressure of mounting student loan debt to having a net worth in excess of $20 million. John Anthony explains “When I first started the firm, my wife and I used to joke that I was ‘Castro’ and she was the ‘Co.’; hence, Castro & Co. But all of a sudden, it got real; much faster than expected.”
Harvard Business School
John Anthony is invited to attend Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program. The Owner and President Management (OPM) Program, which is strictly reserved for companies generating millions in annual revenue. John Anthony would later explain “It was all so surreal. I went from being a broke law school graduate to all of a sudden generating millions, hiring attorneys from the law schools I was rejected from, and managing all of this unexpected growth. I felt like I was living someone else’s life. I still have to pinch myself sometimes to make sure its real.”
A Sense of Higher Purpose
“I could spend the rest of my life building a business empire and even becoming a billionaire if I really set my mind to it, but that’s not who I am. I’ve proven I can do it. But that’s just not who I am. This is who I am. I was born to help people. I was born to serve my country. I was born to lead my country that I love so dearly.”