Michael W. Atherton


As a native of Stockton, Mike’s roots in the area go back for generations. His grandfather was Warren Atherton who is known as the “father of the GI Bill of Rights” and as esteemed citizen of the Central Valley area. His great-grand father was Benjamin Holt, inventor of the “Caterpillar Tractor.”

Michael Atherton is a man of vision, drive and determination. It was with those talents that Mike and his partners in AKF Development transformed the shuttered Spreckels Sugar Factory into Spreckels Park, a vibrant retail and light industrial development.

The AKF projects are legends: Springtime Estates, Pulte Homes, Spreckels Park, Atherton Homes Subdivisions are just a few. Mike sold the 50 acres, which is now Woodward Park, to the City of Manteca for only $1. -

Mike is a generous supporter of local charities including: SHARPS, Manteca Historical Society, Manteca/Lathrop Boys & Girls Club, Give Every Child a Chance, Manteca Kiwanis Club and many others.

Mike also build a school and church for the very poor in Jalapa, Nicaragua, where he continues to be the largest employer in the region with his coffee plantation.

Mike, a true friend to all!