About the Author


James Donnelly, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Castle Group, Florida’s choice for community management. He is also a CPA, investor, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist.  James is currently invested in and advising four start-up companies.

James was born in Ottawa, Canada and worked for Arthur Andersen before co-founding one of Canada’s fastest growing investment companies.  He moved his family to Florida in 1996.

He has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization since 1998 and is a past Chair of the Florida Chapter, past Chair of the Southern US Region, and sat on the International Regional Chairs Council.

James is a past Finalist of Florida’s Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for demonstrating excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to his business and community. James has also been recognized in the South Florida Business Journal as one of Broward County’s Ultimate CEO’s, and in 2014 was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship.

James currently sits on the Executive Board of Directors of Broward Workshop, the Membership Committee of the World Presidents Organization, and the Board of Advisors of the LeMieux Center for Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University.





James and wife Cathy are active members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Legacy Society, the United Way Tocqueville Society, Benefactors of the Broward Performing Arts  Foundation, and the Youth and Education Committee of the Broward Workshop.  In 2010 they established CastleCares as the philanthropic arm of the Castle Group.  CastleCares mission is to serve children and families in need throughout the state of Florida.

James holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University, and Chartered Professional Accountant designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants.

His passions are his family, community, his company and its employees, hockey, skiing, reading, and writing.

James lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his wife, Cathy, and they have three adult sons, Jordan, Chase, and Brock.