Our Team

Tony Avila
Tony Avila
Chief Executive Officer

Over the past 15 years, Tony Avila has served as an advisor in over 50 homebuilding merger and acquisition transactions valued at over $6 billion and helped to raise approximately $10 billion in over 50 debt and equity issuances for publicly-traded and private homebuilding and land development companies.

His experience in the housing sector began during the last major recession when he worked at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco overseeing troubled, government-controlled savings and loans. He joined Montgomery Securities in 1996, which became Banc of America Securities in 1998. While at Banc of America Securities, Mr. Avila was an advisor to the Pebble Beach Company, helping to bring the Pebble Beach Resorts back to U.S. ownership. In 1999, Mr. Avila represented The Irvine Company in its acquisition of Irvine Apartment Communities. In late 2001/early 2002, he advised D.R. Horton for the acquisition of Schuler Homes, the second largest homebuilding acquisition in the U.S.

In 2002, Mr. Avila joined JMP Securities where he founded and lead the Homebuilding Investment Banking team for six years. Some notable transactions include advising Transeastern Properties on its sale to TOUSA in August 2005, advising Town and Country Homes on its sale to The Blackstone Group and K. Hovnanian Homes and advising on the formation of a $250 million joint venture between Metro Development and D.E. Shaw to acquire distressed land. In 2008, he advised MatlinPatterson Global Advisors LLC, a global distressed private equity firm, on its capital investment in Standard Pacific Homes. Most recently, Mr. Avila worked on the restructuring of $75 million of Beazer Homes debt and assisted in establishing a joint venture between GTIS Partners and LGI Homes.

Mr. Avila is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley. He is a ULI member and active participant of the Community Development Council. Mr. Avila is a board member of the Positive Coaching Alliance and a San Francisco Little League coach. He is a member of the Finance Advisory Board for the Sisters of the Holy Family, a member of the Transforming Tomorrow committee for Moreau Catholic High School and a volunteer for the Framework for the Future Campaign for Schools of the Sacred Heart of San Francisco.