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Homes by Avi Executive Management

Avi Amir

Avi Amir - Chairman

With a formal education in civil engineering, Avi realized early in his career that he preferred to be on site overseeing the execution of a project, rather than in the office doing the design work. He enjoyed interacting with customers and garnered a great deal of satisfaction from building their dream homes. So, it’s no surprise that with the 1978 incorporation of Avi Construction (now Homes by Avi), his goal was to grow a customer-focused business that always delivers what it promises. Avi believes that a home should perform and last regardless of the warranty period, and he’s proud of the reputation that Homes by Avi has built. Avi is also a strong advocate for helping the less fortunate and providing educational opportunities for middle and high school kids on the merits of the construction industry.

Monte Kendall

Monte Kendall - Vice Chairman

After a long-standing association with the building industry, Monte joined Homes by Avi in 1999 as the VP of Finance. In 2006, he was named the company’s CFO, and six short years later, he became CEO. In June 2018, he handed over the day-to-day CEO duties and took the position of Vice Chairman. What Monte enjoys most about working in homebuilding is its unpredictability, but he’s quick to point out that despite the industry’s many ups and downs, you can always rely on its spirit of generosity. As past President of the Calgary Home Builders’ Foundation, he was in constant awe of the depth and means by which industry members gave back. Monte takes great pride in his participation in both the growth of Homes by Avi over the last 20 years and in positioning the company – through the development of relationships – to ensure its continued growth. As well, he played an important role in the recent restructuring of the company that has set it on a path to greater efficiency and relevance.

Alice Mateyko

Alice Mateyko - President, Homes by Avi, Alberta (Single Family Division) and Avi Homes, Texas

With diplomas in Mechanical and Production Engineering, Alice began her career in the oil and gas sectors. She started with Homes by Avi in 1995 in sales management, and having gained invaluable experience in the areas of sales, marketing, land acquisition, banking, and government relations, was appointed President of the company’s single family operations in Calgary and Edmonton in 2012. Throughout her career Alice has received numerous honours and awards, including Marketing Person of the Year for Calgary and Sales Associate of the Year at the national SAM Awards. Under her guidance, Homes by Avi was named provincial Builder of the Year for 2013, as well as Edmonton Builder of the Year for 2014. Alice is recognized as a leader in the industry, and has developed a reputation of being driven and solutions-oriented. She possesses a true passion for leadership and a desire to be a positive force in the homebuilding community.

Charron Ungar

Charron Ungar - CEO

Growing up in the home building industry, Charron Ungar knows the ins and outs of building homes.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Art History from the University of Calgary in 1997, he immediately began as an estimator in his family’s home building company, Homes by Avi. He then moved to lead product development, initiate company growth into Edmonton and Austin, Texas and created the Avi Definitions Selections Centre. In 2000, he steered the development of Homes by Avi’s multi-family division, Avi Urban, which has since evolved into one of the fastest growing multi-family developers in Alberta. In mid-2018, Charron was appointed as CEO for Homes by Avi Group of Companies.

Charron is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau, Southern Alberta and Kootenays, for over ten years. In 2013, he acted as president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Calgary Region, previously volunteering and serving on the technical committee. Charron has evolved Avi Urban to earning its place as a design focused market leader, receiving recognition through numerous awards, which include Multi-Family Builder of the Year 2014 and 2015.

Darren Soltes

Darren Soltes - Corporate Operating Officer, Canada

Constantly driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, Darren has worn numerous hats in his professional career. He took a summer job with Homes by Avi in 1992, but it wasn't until 1997 that he started to pursue his true passions of technology and human resources. As the years passed, his entrepreneurial spirit motivated him once more as he worked to cultivate new opportunities for Homes by Avi. In 2010, Darren and his family moved to Austin, Texas, to assist in growing the U.S. arm of the company. In 2018, Darren returned to Canada to focus on the structure of the corporate division and the services offered. Continuing his love for new challenges, he is currently working on setting up a property management division, as well as the continued advancement of the matured business divisions.

Naum Shteinbah

Naum Shteinbah, P.Eng, MBA
- Senior Vice President Acquisitions & Financing

Although Naum was approached by Avi Amir in 1997, prior commitments prevented him from joining the homebuilder until 2010, when he started at Homes by Avi. Having been active in the development and construction industries both in Alberta and abroad since 1988, Naum has worked with builders, developers, municipal and urban development engineering firms, and city governments. He’s recognized as a professional engineer in Alberta and B.C. and holds MBAs from both Queen’s University and Cornell. Prior to joining Homes by Avi, Naum worked as a GM for Streetside Development Corp. Naum also sat on Subdivision Development Appeal Board with the City of Calgary and CHBA-Calgary’s Government Affairs Committee. At Homes by Avi, he splits his time between sourcing new business opportunities and new operating capital for both the single and multi-family divisions.

Michele Ward

Michele Ward - Chief Financial Officer

Michele is the most recent addition to the executive team, joining Homes by Avi as Chief Financial Officer in 2012. After completing a commerce degree from the University of Alberta and her CA designation, Michele quickly established herself as a leader. Growing up in a family that ran its own general contracting business, Michele was eager to return to a family-owned and operated business and to the core values she learned through that experience. Joining Homes by Avi meant leaving a 17-year career in public practice and her role as a partner with MNP LLP, but the move allowed her to return to her roots and apply all of her public practice knowledge to help Homes by Avi achieve its full potential. In the ever-changing business of homebuilding, Michele’s time is spent balancing the risks and rewards of the various Homes by Avi initiatives – there is a lot more to this business than dollars and cents.

Outside of Homes by Avi, Michele spends her time with her two children. In addition to battling it out during family game nights, she supports her children’s passions for field hockey, dance and show jumping.

Doug Beach - VP Single Family Alberta

With a background in both business and engineering, Doug began his career in the building industry in 1995. He joined Homes by Avi in 2004, starting in construction and working in a number of roles before being named GM. Doug has a great deal of passion for home building and has been involved in a number of industry initiatives, including the creation and development of the Residential Site Manager Training Program. He takes great pride in delivering exemplary customer service and is particularly proud that Homes by Avi has received the Consumer Choice Award for the last eight years along with the 2017 Builder of Choice and Best Customer Experience Award.

Victor Mutambo

Victor Mutambo - VP Multi-Family Alberta

As the General Manager for Avi Urban, Victor has been with Homes by Avi for seven years. With a Master of Science (Engineering) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary, he has over 15 years of project management experience in real estate development and engineering consultancy.

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