A. Michael Souza, ALC, CRE, Vice President, Development

Mike was born in 1965 in Tracy. He attended Tracy area grammar schools and in 1983 graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory. In 1987, Mike graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. Upon graduation from college, Mike went to work for Souza Realty & Development.

Mike is involved in many professional associations including the Central Valley Association of REALTORS, the REALTORS Land Institute, the National & California Association of REALTORS, the Counselors of Real Estate, the Building Industry Association of the Delta and the Urban Land Institute.

Mike has served on the Board of Directors of the Central Valley Association of REALTORS, including one year as Chairman of the Board. He has served on and chaired a variety of committees for the Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the California Association of REALTORS, and has served on many committees including the chair of the Land Use & Environmental Committee, the Federal Issues Committee, and the California Real Estate Political Action Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors of the California Chapter of the REALTORS Land Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors whose members specialize in land sales, and has served on national committees.

Mike has earned the Accredited Land Consultant designation (ALC). This designation is awarded to individuals who complete a rigorous three-year candidacy that includes education, committee work, and review of land sales work done by the Candidate. Mike is one of only approximately 900 REALTORS in the nation who holds this designation, recognizing him as one of the premier land sales specialists in the U.S.

Mike has also earned the Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) designation. The Counselors of Real Estate is an international group of recognized professionals who provide expert, objective real estate advice on real property and land-related matters.

Mike has served on the Board of Trustees of Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, where he served three years as Chairman of the Board and served on the Board of Trustees of the Tracy Community Memorial Hospital Foundation. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Tracy for over 20 years, having served multiple terms as Chairman of the Board and Treasurer. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arts Leadership Alliance (ALA), a non-profit group that raised $1 million to aid the City of Tracy in restoring a dilapidated 1920's era vaudeville theater into the Grand Theater Center for the Arts. The ALA now provides annual charitable support and community outreach for the Center.

Mike is Vice-President of the Board of Trustees for The Learning Center, a K-12 Charter School and is a member of the Board of Directors of Tracy Sunrise Rotary. Mike serves on the New Building Project Steering Committee for St. Bernard's Catholic Church, where he donates his time as the Project Manager for the new Valpico Road campus. Mike has overseen the adoption of a Master Plan for the 20 acre site, processed all County approvals, and managed the construction of the first phase Holy Family Center. Mike has served on numerous civic committees including chairing the Tracy Tomorrow Environmental Concerns Committee, the Downtown Revitalization Committee, the Tracy School Facilities Committee, the Tracy Schools Unification Committee, the Tracy General Plan Housing Committee, the Tracy Bean Festival Steering Committee, serving as Chairman for two years, and the Tracy Tomorrow 2000 Economic Development Committee.

Mike has been named the Professional of the Year by the Tracy Chamber of Commerce, Person of the Year by the San Joaquin County Juvenile Justice Commission and REALTOR of the Year by the Central Valley Association of REALTORS.

Mike oversees our San Joaquin County development projects, our construction projects, and our real estate brokerage. He has been responsible for the construction and/or renovation of approximately 230,000 sq. ft. of commercial, office and industrial space. Mike does a considerable amount of consulting, helping land owners, developers and builders gain land use entitlements and developing marketing strategies. Over the last 20 years, he has been involved in the entitlement of approximately 15,000 residential lots and over 1000 acres of commercial and industrial land in southern San Joaquin County. He has consulted for or sold lots to many major national and local home builders, and consulted for many major land developers. He is a California licensed real estate broker.

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