Our World-Class Team

Jesus Castanon

CEO / President

Jesus Castanon is the president and chief executive officer of Real Estate EMPIRE Group and has been responsible for the firm’s strategic direction and growth since its commence in 2001. Castanon’s extensive experience of over 20 years as a former agent has equipped him to remain on top of emerging issues and trends impacting the future of real estate.

Linda Castanon

Principal Broker

With over 25 years of experience practicing Real Estate, as an Agent, Linda understands the market and its inevitable ups and downs. Linda has closed over thousands of transactions, adding to her vast knowledge of contracts and the art of the real estate transactions. Linda is an expert negotiator and has been awarded numerous times for her achievements. Her experience and commitment to this EMPIRE is what makes her the ideal Broker, ready to assist agents in building their real estate careers.

Ariel Blanco

Marketing Director

Ariel is your Marketing Guru, as he handles our Digital lead generating campaigns. He genuinely loves marketing and since Real estate marketing is constantly changing, Ariel is up for the challenge to stay current on all the latest strategies. Ariel has been a realtor for almost 5 years and understands the industry he markets. He is not new to entrepreneurship as he owned, operated and managed a Property Preservation Company for over 6 years. Ariel loves the lifestyle that working as a Realtor provides him, financial freedom and time with his family is his equivalent to success. In wanting to share this success he is here to help our agents with their digital marketing. Ariel assists with the following: • Lead generation for all company agents • Open/set up Facebook business page, link instagram to FB • Training on How to use our CRM • Training on How to market online (to generate leads) Quote: “ Your mind is a powerful thing, when you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.” -- Anonymous

Josh began his full time career in Real estate, over twelve years ago and quickly excelled. Within two years of committing himself to the industry he immediately was a top producing agent, and achieved nearly every major real estate designation. He was exposed to working with short sales and REO listings and became known as a distressed property expert. Josh remains a top producing agent specializing in residential, investment, and commercial property transactions while operating several of his own businesses including a real estate investment fund, property management company, general contracting company, association management company, and an educational organization. He currently owns a large portfolio of properties all over Florida and is constantly trying to acquire more. Josh gives back to the community as a national speaker , utilizing all his business knowledge, he offers the A.C.E. series of classes. A series of simple no nonsense classes on how to build great customer relationships and a strong and thriving real estate business. Author of The Roadmap to the American Dream, the book helps break down money and investment in an easily accessible format. Since then Josh continues to write and teach courses that cover the very specific skills agents need to be true advocates and trusted resources for their customers. Josh’s motto is “take your business personally and count success not in paychecks received but in satisfied customers that won’t do business with anyone else.”

Janelle Diaz

Real Estate Professional / Executive Recruiter

Janelle is an Office Manager and professional solution finder at Real Estate EMPIRE Group. She truly has a passion for Real Estate and it shows, being she has been active in the industry for over 15 years. EMPIRE Real Estate offered her first position as a receptionist and quickly she fell in love with the transaction process. Janelle expresses, “I started getting into Real estate very young and fell in love with the Real estate world and everything it involves.“ She has been with EMPIRE Real Estate Group for the 15 years of her real estate career and feels a connection to the agents and the core message of EMPIRE Real Estate Group. “Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.” -- Joseph Barbara

Giuliana Salas

Executive Assistant

Giuliana’s passion for seeing people achieve their dream of owning a home is what drives her. Her experience in the industry is what keeps her on top of her game in this fast paced Real Estate Market and allows her to offer her knowledge and expertise to everyone she helps. "The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." - Vince Lombardi

Albert Simbaco

Director of Leases and Contracts

Albert has been with EMPIRE Real Estate Group for almost five years and is the director of Lease and Contracts. His background of over 17 years in banking allowed him to merge his experience in lending and finance with the parallel market of Real Estate. Albert’s familiarity with market fluctuations over the years lends to his contractual knowledge and deep understanding of the real estate transactional process. He began his career at EMPIRE when he realized that he could find homes for families while simultaneously assisting new agents in adjusting to being full time entrepreneurs and the common obstacles faced when transitioning into the agent lifestyle. Albert’s role is constantly evolving at EMPIRE Real Estate Group and he is an essential part of the company and the growth of it’s agents’ careers. Quote; “ Believe in your ability to be better.”

Kemberli “Kemi” Gomez


Kemiberli, or Kemi to us at EMPIRE, is always ready to guide agents and clients into the right direction. She has been a receptionist at EMPIRE Real Estate Group for two years and understands the Real Estate industry, facilitating communication and workflow. Kemi truly loves what she does and her energy exudes that as soon as you meet her. "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney

Karina Perez

Administrator Assistant

Karina began her Real Estate journey two years ago and has propelled into the industry as a lead agent. She’s passionate about new experiences, allowing her to thrive under the pressures of a real estate transaction and its sometimes changing variables. Karina understands the freedom associated with being a real estate agent and having her own EMPIRE. She loves being her own boss and helps the agents achieve the same level of success. "Opportunities don't happen, you create them"

Mirella Sanchez

Real Estate Professional

Being a Business Owner and Entrepreneur for over 13 years Mirella has the strategic mindset, negotiation skills and marketing experience to service her clients to the fullest extent. “Helping people make their dream come true is very rewarding. I go above and beyond for my clients because I genuinely love and enjoy what I do.” Her dedication allows her to support families every step of the way, from the first call to guiding them to the closing table. "Live my Dream"

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