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 65 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 & 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, commercial buildings, entitlement of commercial, industrial and residential land, development of commercial and industrial buildings, valuation of real estate , commercial and industrial leasing, and consulting on all real estate matters with particular emphasis on entitlement and project management.
SRD is a family business, owned by Mike Souza. The founder of SRD, Tony Souza and Mike’s father, retired in 2017 but still provides advice to our team. Mike Glazzy (brother-in-law of Mike Souza) is a Real Estate Broker with over 25 years of experience. Also at SRD are Controller Debbie Wise and our Executive Suite Manager Lisa Cox.
Over the last 30 years SRD has been involved in the entitlement of over 1,500 acres of industrial and commercial land, 15,000 residential lots and 750 apartments and has built, renovated, or been the project manager for approximately 275,000 square feet of commercial and industrial buildings, a public cemetery, and a 20 acre church campus.
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, Northeast Industrial Area, Gateway Apartments, Harvest at Tracy (multi-family), Gateway 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, managing construction of the Holy Family Center and providing project management for the Tracy Hills Master Planned Community since 1999.
A company philosophy has always been that we have an obligation to make Tracy a better community. We 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 the Grand Foundation (Grand Theater Center for the Arts).
In 2012, Souza Realty and Development was named Business of the Year by the Tracy Chamber of Commerce.