George A Castro II is a Full time Broker, Licensed in NJ & NY with 30 years, and over 50 Billion Dollars in Real Estate sales experience . George positioned his company, PREMIER HOMES, once part of a prominent Real Estate franchise, as the #1 most productive Real Estate Company in New Jersey, and Top 1 % in the Northeast. His Company has been the recipient of many Awards for its outstanding sales performance.
His notoriety resulted in a multitude of important public service positions. Castro made history when in 2001, the then Governor James McGreevey appointed him to the State Investment Council representing the Consolidated Police and Firemen Pension Fund Commission of New Jersey, managing 80 billion dollars in state employee annual pension funds. On the day that he was sworn in as member, his peers elected him as the Vice-chairman of the Council.
From 2002 to 2011, under Governors McGreevey, Governor Codey, Governor Corzine and Governor Christie, Castro also served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA). Castro’s Board was responsible for some of the most significant projects in New Jersey, including the management of The Giants Stadium, IZOD Center, the Meadowlands and Monmouth County Horse Racetracks, along with other sports and entertainment facilities. During his tenure as Commissioner of the NJSEA, his Board approved the construction of the new MetLife Stadium formerly known as the Giants Stadium. He served as Chairman of the Human Resources Committee of the NJSEA, overseeing and revamping the reorganization of the NJSEA employee pension fund, thus increasing its investment returns. On May 2011, Castro graciously declined an additional four year nomination made by Governor Chris Christie
During the year 2005, Castro was featured twice in the New York Times, The Star Ledger and several other major media companies. In many occasions, he has been recognized and has been the recipient several Congressional Recognitions and Commendations introduced by members of the US House of Representatives. His name appears in the Congressional Records recognizing his Community Involvement and Business Experience. Equally in November 2011, he was the recipient of a US Senate Proclamation introduced by US Senator Robert Menendez. In 2005, George was named a finalist in the New Jersey “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards”.
On February 22, 2001 A Member of the United States Congress, Steve Rothman, sponsored a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his outstanding and invaluable service to the Community.
On February 25, 2001, the Congress of the United States, upon Resolution presented by Honorable Congressman Robert Menendez, who raised on the Congress floor, recognized George for all his accomplishments and contributions to the community; The same day, the then Mayor of Woodbridge who also served as Governor of the State of New Jersey James E. McGreevey presented George Castro II, with a Mayor’s proclamation.
The following year, on September 27, 2002, Senator Lesniak, and former Assemblymen Cohen, Caraballo and Suliga presented jointly a prestigious Senate and Assembly Resolution acknowledging George for his remarkable record of service to the Hispanic American Community and the community at Large.
A few days later, Congressman Robert Menendez again presented George with Certificate of Special Congressional recognition at the 4th Annual Patriots Path Council Award Recognition Dinner. The Union County Freeholders Board has also cited him for his outstanding achievement in support of the arts.
On January 23, 2003, Union County Freeholder Alex Mirabella and Hon. Freeholder Angel Estrada introduced Resolution No. 136-2003 commending George, for his efforts and work as Event Chairman for the free showing of Charles Dickens’ timeless holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” which was held at his Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in December 21, 2002.
On October 10, 2001, the State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recognized him as the business-person of the year. He is listed in the Who’s Who for U.S. Hispanic Businesses.
George currently serves as chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment of the City of Elizabeth, New Jersey Governor appointee Member of the Union County College Board of Trustees and Vice Chairman of the UCC Buildings and Grounds Committee, and CEO of the Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, NJ. He also serves as member of the Trinitas Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.
Today, his Real Estate office PREMIER HOMES, Realtors, remains positioned as one of the most productive Real estate offices in New Jersey in sales production.