President & CEO
William Ayyad’s hands-on involvement has kept him at the forefront of the real estate industry for more than three decades. His expertise and primary focus is on multifamily apartment communities; his current portfolio includes 20 communities consisting of more than 2,800 units in cities throughout California.
Always an entrepreneur, Willy searches out great opportunities and currently owns a marina in San Diego, over 500 single-family homes throughout the U.S., venture capital investments in several companies, and speculative land investments in Panama and Costa Rica.
Willy began his career in real estate at the age of 18, when he purchased his first apartment building with funds he earned working as a maintenance employee at his mother’s apartment buildings. He has owned investment real estate ever since.
After graduating from UCLA, he made his mark on the San Diego real estate market by acquiring undervalued, poorly maintained apartment buildings and renovating them to provide safer, clean, affordable homes in otherwise blighted neighborhoods.
In 1984, Willy formed A.C.D.W. Properties, Inc. and expanded his operations to include property management. By employing his own construction teams and management personnel, he completed renovations quickly and cost-effectively while maintaining properties at a level of quality and integrity that have become his trademark. Willy further leveraged his construction operation by building high-end spec homes from the ground up in La Jolla and other parts of San Diego. He also renovated more than 3,000 condominiums from 1998 through 2007, retaining 30 units as rental properties.
In 2002, Willy formed United Development Group, Inc. (UDGI), and he is sole owner. UDGI’s purpose is to enrich lives by exceeding expectations and its focus is to pursue solutions that benefit all constituents, including residents, vendors, employees, shareholders, the community, and the environment. Using a business model designed to maximize profits through the cyclical real estate climate, he assembled a team of strong, creative, and dedicated leaders to support his vision and ensure consistent growth and development well into the future.
Willy resides in Rancho Santa Fe with his wife and two children.