The Grupe Company

Greenlaw “Fritz” Grupe, Jr. founded Grupe in 1966. Mr. Grupe is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Past President of the Urban Land Institute; Past Regent for the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California; serves as Founding Chair on the University of California, Merced, Foundation Board of Trustees; and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the California Chamber of Commerce. He is also the Chairman & Founder of the San Joaquin County Business Council; the former Chapter Chairman and National University Chairman for the Young Presidents’ Organization; Past Chairperson for the United Way in San Joaquin County; and Past President of the following organizations: The Golden Gate and Northern California Chapters of Young Presidents’ Organization, the Stockton Chamber of Commerce, the Stockton Board of Realtors, and 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.

Frank A. Passadore joined Grupe in 1966, and has played an integral part in the long-range planning and organizational growth of the company. Frank is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Grupe Company and is an advisor to Management. He is a graduate of San Joaquin Delta College and is a past Chairman and current member of the Residential Council of the Urban Land Institute.

Mark Fischer joined Grupe in 1989 and has served in a variety of management positions. Mark currently serves as the President of Green Home Solutions by Grupe, Marchbrook Building Company & Grupe Custom Homes.  He’s also the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of The Grupe Company.

In 2006 Grupe launched Carsten Crossings, Grupe’s first “Zero Energy” community, located in Rocklin California. Mark led both the design and implementation of this project. The project featured BIPV and energy efficiency features standard in all homes. This project won several awards including an EVHA Gold Award from the National Association of Home Builders.

Building on the Carsten Crossings project, Mr. Fischer started “Green Home Solutions by Grupe” (GHS). GHS is a company that specializes in energy efficiency and solar retrofits on existing homes. GHS is accredited by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and is currently doing retrofits in Stockton and Sacramento. Mark is on the board of the California Building Contractors Association (CBPCA).

Prior to joining Grupe, Mark was a senior consultant for Kenneth Leventhal & Company. Mark received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Sacramento State University, and a Masters Degree in Real Estate from the Lusk School of Real Estate at the University of Southern California. Mark is a CPA and an associate member of the Urban Land Institute. Mark is also Certified by the Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist, and a “Build it Green”, “New & Existing Home Green Point Rater”.

Jeremy S. White began with The Grupe Company in 1994. In 1996, he graduated from University of the Pacific with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Civil Engineering and Engineering Management and joined Kjeldsen, Sinnock and Neudeck, Inc., a civil engineering firm. He returned to The Grupe Company in 1998. In 1999, he obtained his Professional Engineering license in Civil Engineering from the State of California. He is currently Vice President of TGC and manages the operations for its distressed home investment portfolio and Rent-to-Own program. He is also responsible for land acquisition, forward planning, development and Home Owner Association formation and management. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Building Industry Association of the Delta and was its President in 2010. He is also actively involved with the California Building Industry Association and is currently a member of its Government Affairs Committee. In 2009, Jeremy was appointed by the City Council to serve a five year term as a commissioner on the City of Stockton’s Development Oversight Commission. He is a full member of the Urban Land Institute.

Nelson E. Bahler joined The Grupe Company in 1980 and is the General Counsel, Secretary and Executive Vice President. In his capacity as General Counsel, Mr. Bahler is responsible for the overall legal affairs of the company’s family of operating units. Mr. Bahler graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wabash College, a Masters in Business Administration from Western New England College, and a Juris Doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law. He moved to Stockton in 1977 when employed by the law firm of Neumiller & Beardslee.

In addition to his professional duties, Nelson also has served the community through several nonprofit organizations, including past President of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, Stockton Symphony Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Central United Methodist Church, and member of the North Stockton Rotary Club.

Chris Conklin is Vice President of The Grupe Company based in Stockton, Ca. He joined Grupe in 2005 and has held many roles within the organization. Chris played an integral role entitling the Sanctuary project which is a 1900 acre amenity oriented master planned community that will consist of approximately 7,700 homes and 300,000 square feet of commercial and office development. Entitlements are currently approved within the City limits of Stockton. Chris also managed Grupe Commercial Company’s outside commercial management division as their Vice President. His duties included commercial acquisitions, sales, construction management, asset and property management. Chris managed all aspects of 15 projects comprised of over 400,000 square feet of commercial retail and office space and successfully grew the company’s commercial portfolio before returning to the residential side of the business in 2014. Chris’ current duties include overseeing land acquisition, forward planning, and development.

Chris is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and holds a California Real Estate license. He is involved in multiple youth sports organizations and other community outreach organizations.

Chris currently lives in Stockton with his wife and two daughters.

Grupe Real Estate

In 1977 Jerry Abbott took a position with Grupe Realtors lead by Fritz Grupe. As a result of various mergers and acquisitions his tenure with Grupe has now spanned 35 of his 39 years in the real estate industry. Working hard in a business that already demands much of its people, Jerry consistently applies patience and skill in directing his staff to grow and succeed and then supports their success with the best tools available. Today Grupe Real Estate is one of the most successful companies in California.

Success for Jerry Abbott however is not simply measured by his many corporate accomplishments. He is a family man with 4 children, 10 grandchildren and deep roots in the Stockton community. His early years were marked by a commitment to his country as he enlisted in the military at the beginning of the Viet Nam war.

“I spent three years in the Marines, 13 months of that time in DaNang Province, Viet Nam as a rifleman. I received a purple heart and our first child was born while I was overseas. I left the military in 1967 as a sergeant and went to work for a finance company in Southern California.”

Motivated by his desire to put down roots and raise his family, Jerry Abbott moved to Stockton and soon began studying for his real estate exam while attending San Joaquin Delta College where he majored in Business and obtained his Associate of Arts Degree. He then attended the University of San Francisco studying Business, Human Relations and Organizational Behavior. Real Estate however was to become his passion as he discovered that it allowed him to help families with one of the most important decisions of their lives, buying a home.

“I loved everything about the business and the people were wonderful. I liked the fact that I could help people purchase a house and receive all the benefits of home ownership.”

In 1984 he opened Stockton for Coldwell Banker and in 1989 was promoted to Senior Vice-President responsible for 10 offices and 350 salespeople. Because Jerry’s management style had always dictated a close relationship with his people he made 3×5 cards on every salesperson with information on them individually. He could then visit an office, call each person by name and talk to them about something that was of interest to them. When the opportunity arose to buy the office that he had started in Stockton Jerry chose to take advantage of that offer. Later another merger would bring Fritz Grupe and Jerry Abbott together again to combine forces in the real estate industry with a well respected local name to form Grupe Real Estate.

Today, Jerry Abbott is President and Managing Partner at Grupe Real Estate that has over 95 agents and offices in Lodi, Stockton and Manteca. Backed by the Grupe Family’s reputation for service, integrity and stability Grupe Real Estate is firmly established in the San Joaquin business community with a position of excellence. As the Managing Partner, Jerry has led the way by diligently pursuing professionalism and sound business principles applied in an office that he describes as a “diverse group of independent contractors who want to succeed and understand that the key to that success is cooperation and respect for one another.”

In the community Jerry has served as Co-Chairman of the United Way Stockton Campaign in 1997 and 1998 and is a past president of the Stockton Board of Realtors. He is still on the Faculty Advisory Committee for San Joaquin Delta College where he has taught Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, Real Estate Finance and Real Estate License Preparation. Jerry is also a former Boy Scout Leader and is currently active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Although Jerry has many interests, his primary focus is in directing people to grow and succeed. His belief that “getting to know people makes all the difference” has been pivotal in the stability and growth of Grupe Real Estate and has been instrumental in the many honors that he and his company have received such as the prestigious San Joaquin Best Award of Excellence for Real Estates Services from the local newspaper.

To Jerry Abbott professionalism and integrity are the foundation upon which his life and business are built.

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