Ávila was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, but said his family roots extend to La Madre Patria, Spain. He is a graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Newark College of Engineers with a civil engineering technology degree.
With a personal and professional journey that led from South America to the Northeastern U.S., the opportunity to help promote and encourage others who share a similar heritage has long been an important endeavor for him.
He also organizes two medical missions every year through The Healing Hands Foundation, an organization that he co-founded and currently serves as its CEO. The mission of Healing Hands is to provide free surgeries and dental work to children in need around the world. He donates his vacation time to participate in these missions.
Ávila also serves on the board of the Engineering Society of Baltimore and is a past president of the organization. He is a mentor for Baltimore-area high school students, encouraging them to stay in school. He runs an annual Engineer’s Week event for high school kids interested in an engineering career.
In addition to his work with the chamber, he has been involved in several leadership roles for other industry organizations, including a past president for the Chesapeake section of the American Society of Highway Engineers, past president of the Engineers Club of Baltimore, and a current committee chair for the Maryland chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies.
“These contributions have all helped me gain experience that is helping me serve the MDHCC,” Ávila said. “I have been grateful for the industry opportunities I have had, and that I have had been able to give back to our industry in every way possible.”
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