published on May 7, 2019 - 4:10 PM
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Success & Stability Since 1919

The Pearson Companies owns and manages five distinct companies. Each contributes to the economic health and vibrancy of the communities we call home. These privately-held organizations reflect the diversity of the marketplace we serve:

— Pearson Realty

— Newmark Pearson Commercial

— Retail California

— The Ranch Company

— AgriBusiness Investment Group


Pearson Realty, founded in 1919 in Fresno, is California’s largest Ag real estate brokerage. Their Ag specialists list and sell an astounding diversity of Ag properties. The list includes range land, dairies, horse ranches, row crops, nut crops, citrus, olives, vineyards, tree fruit, and related cold storage, packing, and processing facilities.

Newmark Pearson Commercial is the largest commercial brokerage in Central California. With offices in Fresno, Bakersfield, and Visalia, Newmark Pearson Commercial staffs more agents and brokers than any in the region. Their expertise in office, medical office, industrial, retail, multi-family, investment properties, as well as managing the acquisition and disposition of land suitable for commercial and residential development, offers comprehensive capabilities for their clients.

As an affiliate of Newmark Knight Frank, agents have access to virtually every major American metropolitan area, including markets throughout the world, with 430 offices in established and emerging property markets on six continents.



Retail California features retail centers, lifestyle shopping centers, freestanding pads, and restaurant dining locations that meet the needs of national retailers, retail markets, and California consumers. Long-term relationships with major supermarket, restaurant, drug store, banking, home improvement chains, and national discounters serve local business. National, regional, and local market knowledge supports investors, developers, landlords, and tenants in the Central Valley. Retail California is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

AgriBusiness Investment Group experts specialize in the sale and acquisition of agribusiness companies. Pearson’s AgriBusiness Investment Group is at the center of a large agribusiness network defined by strong relationships with qualified buyers and interested sellers.

The Ranch Co. is a specialized, full-service agricultural real estate brokerage firm acquired in 2015. The Ranch Co., founded in 1965, focuses on dairy facilities, cows and quota, and land.

President and CEO John Stewart explained the strategy for The Pearson Companies sustainability. By pairing young, eager agents with the more experienced ones, Pearson creates a long-term, balanced approach to California’s Central Valley real estate. Stewart says the real estate future of the Central Valley is very strong.

“Beyond the numbers, our companies are about relationships and meeting clients’ needs,” said Mr. Stewart. “Many staff members have been with us for 20-30 years—our agents even longer.”

The Vision of O.W. Pearson

In 1919, Oliver Wendell Pearson arrived in Fresno to visit his brother and, together, they bought a ranch. Seeing firsthand the developing business of agriculture, Mr. Pearson noted the need for a realty company that would specialize in marketing and selling farm and ranch property. The O. W. Pearson Company would later become Pearson Realty. The core principles of the firm reflect Mr. Pearson’s personal beliefs in honesty, trust, reliability and positive results.

Today the stockholders, agents, brokers, and staff adhere to the founding principles—to continue a tradition in trust since 1919.

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