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Alan Castillo

Who: President of Castillo Technologies, LLC

Product/services offered: Castillo Technologies provides systems engineering and design, networking, product procurement, IT support services, help desk, CCTV, telecommunications and cabling and project management.

Business buzz: In January, the Chandler-based company announced that it had been awarded a federal contract to provide services for the U.S. Navy, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Founded: 2000

Number of employees: 16 plus various consultants

Personal: A former U.S. Marine, Castillo earned his Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification and graduated from Western International University with a master’s degree in business administration.

What ignited the spark in you to start a new business? “The many things that I learned through my courses and professors while obtaining my B.S. in Management, and MBA combined with my independent spirit inspired me to pursue my own company. I wanted to combine my business and technical skills with the drive to provide great service in an area that both interested me and was very much in demand.”

What is your favorite aspect of owning a small business? “I  very much enjoy having the freedom to instill my own philosophy and vision into my company’s services.  The process of gathering a client’s technological vision, incorporating a solution, and seeing their excitement when the project is finished is satisfying as a business owner.”

Important business milestone: “Being awarded certification as a qualified 8(a) set-a-side federal contractor for the U.S. Government.”

What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them? “I am a firm believer that there are no failures, just learning experiences. Particularly in business, the key to success is to continuously learn from experiences and to strive to always improve on your processes and product offerings to offer the best product and service possible at all times.”

Advice to other Latinos or Latinas wanting to open their own business? “Don’t be afraid to pour your heart and soul into pursuing your dreams. Remember, nothing happens overnight, move toward your goals one little step at a time and eventually you’ll get there.”

Inside information

In one word, your life as an entrepreneur: Hectic

Excluding yours, what company do you admire most: Microsoft Corp.

Top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur: Organization, commitment and the ability to actively listen to clients’ needs.

Book that has inspired you the most: The Leadership Secrets of  Colin Powell

Historical figure you would like to talk to: Albert Einstein

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