Brady Castro is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of PRO EM Party & Event Rentals. He is responsible for guiding the execution of PRO EM’s short-term and long-term objectives in operations and business development while focusing on the company’s expansion into regional and national events and markets.
His career in special events began while attending Southern Illinois University—Carbondale working concerts and basketball games at the SIU Arena as well as working as a banquet captain at the Holiday Inn. In 1998, he moved to Arizona to pursue a career in law enforcement. During the extensive testing process, he worked part-time doing event parking and security for PRO EM event management company. Brady was offered a full-time position at PRO EM in 1999 and was eventually promoted to event supervisor, director of security and then outside sales.
In 2003, Brady was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Operations and was instrumental in guiding the company’s strategic vision and expansion into other markets and services. During his tenure, the company saw an impressive 200% increase in annual revenue.
In March of 2006, Brady resigned from PRO EM to join the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee as Vice President of Operations & Logistics for Super Bowl XLII. He was responsible for the local planning effort relative to public safety, stadium operations, transportation and parking, aviation, medical and credentialing.
Brady returned to PRO EM in 2008 as Vice President of Operations following the sale of the Gorilla Companies, its parent holding company and subsequent merger with Phoenix-based Ultimate Event Services.
During his professional career Brady has had the privilege of working on numerous high-profile projects including Arizona State University Sun Devil Athletics, Chicago Cubs Spring Training, the Waste Management Phoenix Open (PGA TOUR), 2012 Solheim Cup (LPGA Tour), Super Bowl XLII, the 2006 and 2010 NCAA BCS National Championships, The Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the 2010 Winter Olympics, 2011 MLB All-Star Game, 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend, Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night as well as events with Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Brady is a native of Rockton, Illinois and is an avid sports fan. He enjoys playing golf, cooking, reading and traveling with Lacey. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ryan House, a pediatric palliative care center in Phoenix. In the past he has been the committee chair for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona Golf Classic and Wish Ball as well as a volunteer for the American Heart Association, Special Olympics and Susan G. Komen Foundation. Brady has been a guest speaker on Ed Smith’s “EZ Sports Talk” radio show and guest lecturer at Northwestern University and Arizona State University.