Miguel Avila, REALTOR®, ABR, IRES, SFR
Born and raised in Los Altos de Jalisco, Mexico, Miguel came to Santa Barbara at age 16. While supporting his mother and five sisters, he learned English and Hotel Restaurant Management at Santa Barbara City College. Today he is a top REALTOR, a Santa Barbara homeowner, the proud father of two daughters, Aimee (UCSB graduate) and Mireya (attending Cornell University), and an active community member.
Miguel's business career started at the El Paseo Restaurant in 1973 and was followed by nearly twenty years working in the restaurant business. He later worked in the import/export of farming technology, then began selling real estate in Santa Barbara in 2005, when he earned the coveted Rookie of the Year award. He has closed over 325 deals since 2005, and he looks forward to continuing to help all of his clients and their referrals achieve the dream of homeownership. Diana Bull, his previous Broker, notes, "Miguel receives numerous real estate referrals and testimonial letters of gratitude from his many clients! Miguel is high-energy and always gives 110%." Actively involved in our community for over 35 years, Miguel was president of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce's Hispanic Business Council. In 1994 he founded the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with a vision of helping the Hispanic business community succeed with community support.
While serving as president of this organization, he was instrumental in founding the annual Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival. Miguel was also a founding member of the Board for Leadership of Santa Barbara County and was later named as Santa Barbara County Distinguished Leader. He has served as Director of Old Spanish Days for fifteen years, as a board member of the Westside Boys and Girls Club, and has been a member of Santa Barbara Puerto Vallarta Sisters for over 35 years, as well a past Board member and Executive Committee member. Currently he serves as president of Friends of Woni Kenya International and as a board member of the Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival Board. He has supported at least ten additional non-profit organizations in our community, and was named a 1996 "Local Hero" by the Santa Barbara Independent.