Celebrity Ask Strong Towns: Community-Centric Developer Derek Avery

Derek Avery, who gave an extremely well-received presentation at our 2018 Regional Gathering in Plano, Texas, is a real-estate developer. But he’s an unconventional one. His work is deeply community-centric, rooted in the mantra of “revitalization without gentrification.” His company, COIR Holdings, takes a holistic approach to the neighborhoods it works in: not just building affordable homes, but forging relationships and seeking to lift up both the place and the people who already live there.

We believe a nation of Strong Towns would have thousands of Derek Averys. So to further share his work and discuss it with you all, we’ve invited him to be the featured guest in the May 2019 installment of our Ask Strong Towns: Celebrity Edition webcast.

On Friday, May 10th at 12pm CDT, Strong Towns members are invited to a very special Ask Me Anything event with Derek Avery. Participants in this edition of Celebrity Ask Strong Towns are invited to log on live for a conversation between Avery and Strong Towns president and founder Chuck Marohn, followed by a moderated digital Q&A period with the author. Members, please check your email for your exclusive invite, or email team@strongtowns.org.

Not a member? Join the movement now to join this webcast and ask your questions live. A recording of this live conversation will be released in the weeks following for non-members.

More About Derek Avery

Read our transcribed interview with Derek, published shortly after the North Texas Gathering.

Derek J. Avery, Sr. is the Founder and President of COIR Holdings, LLC. He is an experienced real estate professional and alumnus of Baylor University.  He has been involved in selling, building, developing, and consulting real estate for over 12 years. Derek sold real estate in Houston, TX from 2006-2014.  He was a board member of Southeast Houston Community Development Corporation from 2009-2012 where 125 homes were built including a community learning center. Over the last 6 years, Derek has saved property owners over a billion dollars in property tax valuation as a property tax consultant.

Derek grew up in transitional and underserved neighborhoods in Houston, TX, which instilled in him the passion for those areas. Derek is currently building zero-net capable homes and commercial spaces in the southern region of Dallas. He is the creator of the Joy Building System, and he advocates for revitalization without gentrification. His life is devoted to spreading the love of Jesus Christ through his life as an example, his professional work, community action, and service to those in need.  He is currently a board member and Ambassador of NTARUPT (North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens). He is happily married to his college sweetheart Bianca Avery, and they have three children: Derek Jr., Madison, and Bryce.