Avila Real Estate

Ignacio Diego, Principal

Born and educated in Madrid, Spain. After graduating from Colegio San Pablo / Complutense University of Madrid with a BBA in Finance and a Master in Business Law and Accounting, Ignacio Diego became active in the international real estate industry. Since the mid 1980s, Ignacio, through various investments and partnerships, owns and manages a diverse real estate portfolio of 8,000 apartment units, office properties and other assets. He brings a hands-on owner's approach and service oriented culture to Avila. His company has managed investment of over $800 million in more than 35 real estate transactions alone since 1984.  His professional involvements include:

  • Board member of Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate ("AFIRE")
  • Advisory Board Member to the Dean of Georgia Tech College of Architecture
  • Served in the Spanish Armed Forces in the mid 1980s

Jaime Diego, Principal

Born in Madrid, Spain and educated both in Spain and the United States. After completing primary school in Madrid, Spain, Jaime graduated from Oglethorpe University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Atlanta, Georgia. Since the early 1990s, Jaime, through various investments and partnerships, owns and manages a diverse real estate portfolio of 8,000 apartment units, office properties and other assets. He brings a hands-on owner's approach and service oriented culture to Euramex. His company has managed investment of over $800 million in more than 35 real estate transactions alone since 1984.  His professional involvements include:

  • Member – National Apartment Association
  • Member - Atlanta Apartment Association
  • Member - Georgia Apartment Association

Ignacio M. Diego, Principal

As a principal of Avila, Ignacio M. guides the development of the company’s vision and culture to deliver quality services and responsive management techniques that are aligned with our owner's dynamic investment needs.

Prior to joining Avila Real Estate, Ignacio M. spent over two years with the Real Estate Merchant Banking division of Wells Fargo & Co. supporting the asset management of $455 million of a $2.8 billion real estate portfolio in the New York City office.  In 2007 and 2008, respectively, Ignacio M. supported the origination and closing of $85.2 million and $190 million of structured senior real estate commercial mortgages, subordinate mortgage participations / syndications, mezzanine loans, and bridge/acquisition facilities. 

Ignacio M. earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate Finance from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business where he was awarded cum-laude honor for his academic achievements.  He currently holds both his Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) and Certified Apartment Property Supervisor (CAPS) designations.


Avila Development

Jetha Wagner, Vice President

As Vice President of Avila, Jetha oversees daily development activities and establishes risk management policy and procedure.  She is also responsible for managing lender and partner relations and reporting, monitoring development and construction budgets, cost management and procurement. Jetha has 25+ years in the real estate industry, with an emphasis on the multifamily market.   She began her career with Avila as a paralegal and from there, moved into the development and management side of the business.  During her tenure with Avila, Jetha has been intimately involved in the construction and development of numerous Atlanta area multifamily communities, as well as retail centers.  She coordinates all refinancing, operations and disposition of assets, both commercial and residential, as well as the acquisition and repositioning of single asset purchases.  Moreover, Jetha has overseen legal affairs for Avila since 1996. Jetha graduated from the National Center for Paralegal Training in Atlanta, Georgia and holds both the Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) and Certified Apartment Property Supervisor (CAPS) designations. Other professional associations include:

  • Atlanta Beltline SSD Steering Committee
  • ULI Member / ULI Taps Committee
  • Board Member - Stonecrest Business Alliance, Inc. 
  • Stonecrest Overlay Task Force

Kimia Amin, Development Associate

As an associate with Avila, Kimia assists in the daily development activities and provides the development group with investment analysis, monthly asset reporting, strategic financial planning, property tax valuation, area market research and economics and cultural demographics research.  Prior to joining Avila, Kimia spent over three years in the construction forensics field which has provided experience in claims and damages analysis, cost audits, contract administration, project management oversight and support, project controls implementation, and project closeout.  

She graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction and a Master of Science in Building Construction and Facility Management.


Wesley Apartment Homes

Rashid Karaa, IT & Accounts Receivable Director

Rashid Karaa brings over twenty years of property management and information technology experience to his Role as Director of Information Technology for Wesley Apartment Homes. He provides leadership to the company’s Information Systems team as well as the Account Receivable and Compliance teams. Rashid has earned his CCIM designation from the CCIM Institute and his CPM designation from IREM.


Diane Proctor, Financial Controller

As Controller of Avila, Diane provides leadership to the corporate and property accounting teams as well as working with Regional Managers on budgeting, cost control, financial reporting and cash management.   She also works closely in the construction, development, investor and refinance activities of the company. 

Diane has 30+ years in the multifamily real estate industry, including previous employment in North Carolina as a Controller for a real estate developer and property management firm. Diane has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bellevue University.  Her professional involvements include:

  • Member – Institute of Management Accountants
  • Member – National Apartment Association
  • Member – Atlanta Apartment Association
  • Member – Georgia Apartment Association

Kristin Sanders, Marketing & Training Director, Regional Manager

Kristin joined Avila in 2009 and has over 13 years of Property Management experience. Kristin is the Marketing and Training Director for Avila.  As the Training Director, Kristin conducts and supervises training and development programs for employees to enhance productivity and quality of work.  She ensures that our employees are well-trained to provide our residents with superior service.  Additionally, she is responsible for developing, establishing, and maintaining marketing strategies to meet organizational objectives.  

She also holds her Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designation through the Atlanta Apartment Association.


Thao Nguyen, Human Resources Director

Thao Nguyen is responsible for all human resource functions within Avila.  She has extensive hands-on experience leading Human Resource initiatives including policy design, talent acquisition, talent development, performance management, employee relations, benefits, compensation, payroll, HRIS, safety, and compliance issues.  With more than fourteen years of experience, she is a strong business partner to all company leaders in maximizing human resources to deliver business objectives. 

She has a BA in Human Resources Management from Kennesaw State University.  She is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).


Ignacio Taboada, Regional Manager

As a Regional Manager and Associate of Avila and Wesley Apartment Homes, Ignacio F. Taboada assists in establishing and improving systems and policies, as well as developing and mentoring the Wesley Apartment Homes’ management team.

Prior to joining Avila Real Estate and Wesley Apartment Homes, Ignacio F. Taboada spent over three and half years at CBRE in the Southeast Multifamily Investment Sales division. Ignacio’s primary roles consisted of preparing valuations and detailed financial analysis on apartment communities throughout the country, rental, demographic, and market research, tracking of the development pipeline as well as rental and sales comparables, preparing detailed marketing materials, and finally supporting the Brokers in any way to produce successful sale executions. In varying capacities, Ignacio was involved in transactional volumes surpassing $3 billion in real estate throughout the country. 

Ignacio F. earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. Ignacio also played on the Varsity Tennis team for the University of Georgia where he was captain of the team and helped lead the team to two SEC championships. Ignacio is currently a Georgia Real Estate Licensed Professional and is also on the Terry College of Business Young Alumni Board.


Arturo Olivares, Regional Maintenance Director

As a Maintenance Director for Avila, Arturo Olivares manages a portfolio of properties in Atlanta, GA.  He oversees all rehab, maintenance, and construction activities for Company’s portfolio.  Arturo joined Avila in 2000 as Assistant Director of Maintenance.  In addition he has served in other industries like CCC Manufacturera y Mantenimiento Industrial SA de CV, participating in the design construction and installation of offshore platforms (AKAL-GA, PB-Ku-H, and etc.) Born and educated in Monterey, NL Mexico.  Graduated from Universidad Regiomontana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Mechanical Engineering.  

Certified through The Environmental Institute with Asbestos Abatement Contractors & Supervisor certification.  Other Certifications:  EPA and CPO. 


Luis Gonzalez, Assistant Maintenance Director

Luis Gonzalez Perez was born in Miami, Florida and spent much of his childhood in Cali, Colombia. He attended Santiago Apostal High School and graduated with honors.  Luis attended the University Del Valle, and majored in Industrial Mechanics. In 2004, he relocated to the United States.   He began his multi-family maintenance career with Avila in July 2011, where he is now holds the position of Area Maintenance Supervisor. 


Jaime Diego, Jr., Associate

As an associate with Avila, Jaime Jr. oversees an extensive interior renovation team that concentrates exclusively on Avila’s multifamily communities.

Jaime Jr. graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science Commerce and Business Administration with a concentration in real estate.


MTS Realty

Hassan M. Tayara, Vice President Acquisitions & Dispositions

As Vice President for MTS Realty, Hassan has served as Avila's in-house broker relative to all acquisitions and dispositions since 1992, completing over $375 million in real estate transactions.  His career has covered different aspects of the real estate market, including residential, retail, industrial and multifamily.  

Prior to joining MTS Realty, he worked with Hilton Hotels and Sheraton Hotels in Pennsylvania and Delaware.  

Hassan graduated from Widener University in Pennsylvania with an MBA degree in Management.  He has been licensed as Real Estate Broker in the State of Georgia for over 20 years, and is fluent in French and Arabic.


Avila Commercial

Phillip Durant, Vice President

Phillip is a senior member of the executive team of Avila and has been with the company since 1991.  In his current capacity, Phillip oversees all operational aspects of the company’s office portfolio, including leasing, marketing, construction, facilities and capital improvement.  With his broad background in law, communication and business management, Phillip also leads Avila’s strategic approach to insurance, risk management and human resources.

Phillip earned his BA in Liberal Arts from the University of New Mexico, his JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and attended the MBA program at Georgia State University.  He serves on the Board of more than one non-profit organization with an emphasis on helping to pave the way for young people to have a vibrant future.