Fritz Grupe

Position: CEO Grupe Operating Company
Categories: Founders

Greenlaw “Fritz” Grupe, Jr. founded The Grupe Company in 1966. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Grupe was raised in the rural farmlands of San Joaquin County, where he dreamed of being a cattle rancher. Grupe married his college sweetheart, Phyllis, in 1960 and four kids soon followed. Starting as a real estate salesman, Grupe moved his young family off the farm to Stockton where he began having visions of lake side communities, where families could live, work and play. Fast forward to today where over 50,000 families across the US, call Grupe neighborhoods Home. Grupe has served on committees for local, state and national building initiatives and is considered one of the pioneers of master planned communities nationwide. The Grupe’s reside in Lodi, CA and have 4 children, 20 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and counting.

Board Member

Urban Land Institute – 1963-2013 (Past President)
Young Presidents’ Organization – 1970-88
World Presidents’ Organization – 1988-2013
Fisher School of Real Estate and Urban Economics
UC Merced Board of Trustees (Founding Chairperson)
University of the Pacific Board of Regents
United Way San Joaquin Keel Club (Past Chairman)
California Chamber of Commerce
Business Council of San Joaquin 1987- Present, Chairman
San Joaquin A+ 1997
San Joaquin Partnership 1991 – Present
Golden Gate and Northern California Chapters of the Young Presidents’ Organization (Past President)
The Stockton Chamber of Commerce (Past President)
The Stockton Board of Realtors (Past President)
The Builders Hall of Fame
Mr. Grupe currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at U.C. Berkeley.

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