Our Team

What makes Avanza Investments Different?

We know you want peace of mind when it comes to your investments and your family’s financial future.

The problem is that underperforming mutual funds and stock market volatility make this impossible. What’s worse, investment volatility means an unnecessary rollercoaster of stress and anxiety.

You deserve to enjoy the life and rewards that come along with diligently investing your hard-earned money.  That’s why we created a unique firm with proven investment opportunities to help you secure a better financial future. 

Whether you’re brand new to specialized investments like apartments or you’re a seasoned investor looking for skilled operators, you’re in the right place.

Our Core Values


We maintain professionalism and sound moral principles when working with investors, partners, employees and the community.

Investor Focus

We listen to our investors and make sure we are making the decisions that are in their best interest. If our investors succeed, we succeed.


We provide more than a solid return on investment. We provide safe, secure homes for our residents and support the communities in which they live.

Our strategic partners are each experts in their field, having executed millions of dollars of investments across the United States. There is no “I” in Real Estate, as they say.

 Learn more about each member of the team below.

Meet Our Team

Dan Calonge is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience with Fortune 50 companies throughout the Americas. He has held leadership positions in operations, marketing and human resources, both in the U.S. and Latin America, giving him a diverse breadth of experience in making organizations successful.

Dan’s background establishing and running successful organizations in a variety to contexts gives him a unique ability to underwrite, acquire and execute a business plan on a solid multifamily investment.

He is also the first in his family born in the U.S., having fled from the Castro regime in Cuba in the 1960’s.  His family arrived with very little and worked their way to success in this country.  Now, his mission is to help other immigrants and first-generation families understand the power of apartment investing to create generational wealth.

Dan is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering and has also earned an M.B.A. from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is co-chair of the board for Su Casa Hispanic Center, a non-profit that provides social services for Hispanics in need, and is also fluent in Spanish & Portuguese.

Dugan P. Kelley co-founded Kelley Clarke, PC and currently serves clients throughout the United States with its principal offices in Prosper, Texas and Santa Barbara, California. Dugan chairs the firm’s securities and real estate practice group, assisting clients in all phases of multi-family, commercial, and residential acquisitions or sales. Throughout Dugan’s career, he has assisted clients in structuring real estate transactions in excess of $10 Billion. Currently, he provides syndication and securities services for clients throughout the United States, assisting clients in all phases of their acquisition and sale of commercial and residential real estate assets.

Dugan was previously a partner with Cappello & Noel, one of the nation’s foremost complex commercial litigation firms, in Santa Barbara, California. While at Cappello, he successfully prosecuted and defended major commercial litigation involving a variety of commercial matters including lender liability, contract, and transactional disputes, and fraud.

Dugan and his wife, Michelle have 3 boys. The entire Kelley family is actively involved in giving back to their local church and community.

Brandi Shotwell is a Principal at Reno Capital Management in Dallas, Texas concentrating on debt and equity. With over 20 years’ experience in finance and real estate, Brandi has had leadership involvement in over $1 billion in real estate projects ranging from commercial acquisitions to commercial development.

She has organized funding acquisitions and development opportunities for multifamily investors, high net worth individuals, municipal growth areas, and manufacturing clients.

Prior to joining RCM, Brandi was Vice President at Edge Capital Markets and Coronado Bay Capital where she was the top producing originator of the company. Previously, she was a founding partner of Global Mortgage USA. Brandi attended Purdue University Northwest where she studied business and marketing.