Estate of Affairs is a family business founded by James B. Souza III. Given our more than 20 years of sales and service experience and regard for knowledge and professionalism, we are confident that we will surpass your expectations.
Growing up, my grandmother was an avid antique dealer/collector. As with most children, we do not realize the wealth of knowledge and responsibility being taught to us by the people that came before us.
Along with my grandmother, I frequented the community and traveled the country searching for hidden treasures at venues such as estate sales, garage sales, antique shops, etc. I learned how to buy, sell, negotiate, and research. Looking back, I didn’t realize this would be the foundation of the enormous knowledge and expertise I have acquired throughout the years.
As I grew older, my grandmother and I continued what we coined as “antiquing”. This was of great importance to the next phase in my life. As the years moved forward, I found myself involved in a highly successful family business with my late father, James B. Souza Jr. Here, sales and service were paramount. I was taught and given an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to exceed customer’s expectations in the building industry. I eventually took my skills and incorporated them into my own highly lucrative sales and services companies that served the general public.
During this era of positive growth, I lost my grandmother. However, not everything passed with her. I continued to use what she graciously taught me through the years. Together with my father, I continued collecting and selling antiques. After my grandmother’s passing, I began to re-evaluate life as I knew it. During this period the economy was looking grim. The decision was made to liquidate our business and assets prior to experiencing a financial downfall.
People often ask, “How did you know the economy was going to decline so rapidly? How did you know it was time to liquidate?” My response has been, “I just got lucky.” However, the reality is a keen sense of economics and sincerely relying and trusting my instincts. The same traits I graciously learned growing up and throughout my life.
This change gave me an opportunity to work for a Fortune 500 company. In this role I was responsible to hire, train, develop, and hold a workforce accountable to exceed corporate expectations. Our team took care of tens of thousands of customers per year. Through teamwork, collaboration, and sales focus we created and implemented creative programs to drive sales to ensure compliance with corporate projections. Our location alone contributes $20-25 million to our parent company. This is of great responsibility when over 100 families rely on your collaborations and decisions to ensure their livelihood.
As the hours turned to days and the days to months, my father and I continued buying and selling antiques, furniture, household items, vehicles, etc. until what I call the beginning of the end. My dad fell sick and was diagnosed with the big “C” (cancer). It was an uphill battle that relentlessly took place over three years until fate intervened. Since his untimely passing I have continued to define who I am and what I believe in. This is an evolving process through continual growth, learning, sacrifice, and appreciation of the little time we have on this earth with our family and friends.
The passing of my father is the hardest thing I have ever dealt with. The second hardest, what to do next? There is the family to consider, arrangements, planning, cost, and so on. So indeed, I sincerely understand what it’s like to walk into a mountain of overwhelming circumstances. When my dad passed I wanted to crawl under a rock and hide. Fortunately for me, I could rely on my family and friends for substantial support. However, when the need to deal with his belongings arose, I quickly became discouraged with the lack of support outside of family.
Estate of Affairs was established after a lot of thought, consideration and research to intervene for our clients to help relieve some of the burden and confusion when fate takes its course. At Estate of Affairs, we understand that sometimes people need a shoulder to lean on. Even with increased responsibility, we pride ourselves on providing Superior Customer Service through Compassion, Dedication, Integrity, and Accountability. We are dedicated to delivering efficient and responsive representation that remains on target when our clients need us most. We understand every sale is a unique experience that deserves our utmost attention. Working together, we will find a resolution that is fair and equitable without compromise to our clients’ core interests.
Estate of Affairs is dedicated in loving memory of my father, friend and mentor:
James B. Souza, Jr. (July 1948 to October 2013)