James J. Cordano, Sr.
October 3, 1904-February 23, 2003
James J. Cordano, Sr. was the founder of the Cordano Company and a pioneer in the shopping center industry. Mr. Cordano came from humble beginnings as a first generation Italian immigrant from a small village near Genoa, Italy. His initial introduction as a young man to the real estate business was as a rent collector in the Sacramento area where he supported his mother and younger brothers.
During the 1930’s and 1940’s he became one of the west coast’s leading retail chain store brokers. In the 1950’s he founded the firm’s development division and built one of the first recognized suburban regional shopping centers in California. Mr. Cordano was an early member of the International Council of Shopping Centers having joined in 1966.
Professionals at all levels of the Cordano Company are committed to the high standards of integrity, honesty, and hard work established over 90 years ago by James J. Cordano, Sr.