Our History

Buzz Oates


Buzz Oates, founded in 1946 by Marvin L. “Buzz” Oates (1923-2013), honors the legacy upon which our organization was built by continuing to lead Sacramento’s commercial real estate industry. 

July 25, 1923

Marvin L. “Buzz” Oates was born in Sacramento, California.

January 1943

Buzz was called into service with the U.S. Air Force during WWII, served as a bombardier in 30 missions.

Marvin "Buzz" Oates military history
Buzz Oates history key shop storefront


Buzz took $2,000 saved in the military and opened A&A Key Shop, which provided locksmith services.


A&A Key Shop grew into A&A Key and Builders Supply, a retail establishment selling everything from nails to televisions.

Marvin "Buzz" Oates key shop truck history
Marvin "Buzz" Oates business builders supply history


A&A Key Builders Supply evolved into Buzz Oates Enterprises, marking a move from retail to construction and commercial development, property management, and finance/capital markets.


Buzz Oates Enterprises became Buzz Oates — a vertically integrated company offering a single point of contact for a full range of commercial real estate asset services.

Buzz Oates logo history
Marvin "Buzz" Oates self portrait


On December 7, 2013, Buzz Oates lost a creative genius and the Sacramento community lost a pioneer of the Greater Central Valley’s commercial real estate industry.  A visionary and quiet philanthropist, Buzz’s legacy continues in the company he built and the charitable foundation bearing his name. 


Buzz Oates formed Pac West Office Equities, an institutional move to consolidate all of the office portfolios into one efficient structure. Buzz Oates also formed Pac West Industrial Equities as we expand and improve our services, strength, and efficiency. Buzz Oates constructed over 1.58 MSF of new industrial space for the year.

Pac West logos


Buzz Oates Construction, Inc. built 1.1 MSF of industrial space.


1.58 MSF is under construction. 2021 3 MSF under construction.