We at Souza Realty & Development have always believed in a family oriented operation. Dating back to the settlement of the Souza family in this country, all our operations, starting with our cattle ranch, our farming operations, our wholesale meat packing company, and now our real estate and development company, have always had a large number of family employees. Our family base gives us the incentive and ability to provide you with quality and cost effective services second to none.
We also believe that in order to provide you with the best service possible, we must be well educated, involved in our communities, and willing to further our education in order to keep up with trends and regulatory changes that may affect you.
Having been an active participant in the management of the family beef cattle business from a very young age, Tony Souza has been involved with buying and selling land for over 55 years. In the early 1980's, Tony became involved in leasing land for electricity generating windmills on the Souza properties. Neighboring property owners asked Tony for advice, so in 1984 Tony earned his real estate broker's license, formed Souza Realty, and began representing land owners in windmill lease negotiations, among other business pursuits. Sensing the impending growth facing the Central Valley, upon Mike Souza's return from college in late 1987, Souza Realty and Development, Inc (SRD) was formed.
SRD has evolved into a full service real estate consulting, development and brokerage firm specializing in the sales of transitional land, conservation and mitigation land and easements, agricultural land, and commercial, residential and industrial land, entitlement of commercial, industrial and residential land, development of commercial and industrial buildings, valuation of real estate especially in condemnation cases, commercial and industrial leasing, and consulting on all real estate matters with particular emphasis on entitlement and expert witness services.
SRD is a family business, owned by the father/son team of Tony Souza and Mike Souza. Our team of real estate professionals includes Jim Gwerder and Mike Glazzy (both sons-in-law of Tony). Also at SRD are Jerry Schluer who has managed the finances for the various family businesses for 38 years, Manuel Vitoria who has worked for the family businesses for 47 years and currently handles property maintenance, Controller Pam Tourtillott, and our Executive Suite Manager Lisa Cox.
Over the last 20 years SRD has been involved in the entitlement of over 1000 acres of industrial and commercial land and 15,000 residential lots and has built and/or renovated approximately 230,000 square feet of commercial and industrial buildings housing over 60 small businesses in the Tracy area. SRD has provided expert witness service in numerous condemnation cases in Contra Costa, Alameda, San Joaquin, and Marin Counties.
SRD was and is a principal participant in the Plan C, South MacArthur, Presidio, Northeast Industrial and Tracy Hills development areas. SRD has been a principal player in many local developments including Lourence Ranch and the Tracy Sports Complex, Westgate, Elissagaray Estates, Chabot Commerce Center, West Park Professional Center, Ice House Industrial Park, Klemm One Building and Tracy Hills.
Some of SRD's milestone accomplishments include conceptualizing the Tracy Sports Complex on 11th Street and managing entitlements for the project from conception to construction, development of the West Park Professional Center at the southeast corner of 11th Street and Tracy Boulevard, the redevelopment of the run-down Tracy Ice House on MacArthur Drive to the Ice House Industrial Park, and the creation of the master plan for the St. Bernard's Valpico Road campus and managing construction of the Holy Family Center.
Tony and Mike have always believed that they have an obligation to make Tracy a better community. They have tried to do that through the projects SRD has been involved in, and also through giving back to the community. Staff members of SRD have given countless hours and contributions to many Tracy non-profit organizations, most notably the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, Tracy Community Memorial Hospital Foundation, St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Interfaith Ministries, Tracy Noon Rotary Club, Tracy Sunrise Rotary Club, the McHenry House, and Arts Leadership Alliance (Grand Theater Center for the Arts).
Tony and Mike also feel very strongly about property rights, being amongst the founding members of the Contra Costa County Citizen's Land Alliance in the 1980's. SRD staff have given countless hours to protecting private property rights in the region containing Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties, in addition to working with citizens of San Joaquin and Solano Counties to form their own regional property rights groups.
In 2012, Souza Realty and Development was named Business of the Year by the Tracy Chamber of Commerce.
See how each of the Souza Realty & Development team strives to better themselves in order to provide you with the best service possible.