About Great America Companies

Established in San Antonio in 1972 by Israel Fogiel, Great America is based on its founder’s unfailing convictions; personal integrity; commitment to professional excellence; promotion of team effort by a knowledgeable and highly motivated staff; and a keen awareness of the risks inherent in the sometimes volatile real estate industry.  Great America’s work is characterized by distinctive design for function and aesthetics, expert craftsmanship, and uncommon attention to detail and finishes.  Great America enlists the services of some of the country’s most respected land planners, architects, landscape architects and engineers.

Israel FogielC.E.O. / President
Israel Fogiel, C.E.O. and President of Great America, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. After working in Lima, Peru, as a Construction Manager and as Partner in a structural design firm, Fogiel became President and Owner of a Lima development / construction organization involved with high-rise office buildings and residential condominiums. After permanently locating to the United States in 1972, he established Great America Companies
David GarrettHouston Division Manager
David Garrett, manager of Great America’s Houston division, has over 35 years experience in the Texas real estate industry. His background includes development and management of commercial and residential properties in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Laredo. He also has extensive experience representing financial institutions, private and institutional investors.
Brad RichieController
Brad Richie, Controller of Great America Companies, holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has been with the company over 30 years and oversees the company’s accounting, financial and administration function.

Great America’s commitment to excellence continues in its development of over 4,500 acres into more than 11,500 residential lots in newly created communities throughout Houston, San Antonio and Austin. Great America is also the recipient of a number of awards for development of both commercial and residential properties.