In 1979, the owner, Mark D. Jones, AMS, PCAM, started serving on the Board of Directors of his own Homeowners Association, and within a year was appointed President. After serving for several years he was asked by local real estate brokers to help out a community which was left in the lurches and without money when the developer went bankrupt. This was the start of Avalon Management. Avalon today encompasses multiple locations, 95 local associations and 40,000 homes.

Mr. Jones has been heavily involved in what is now known as the Common Interest Development (CID) industry. Starting with education from Community Associations Institute (CAI), Mr. Jones has been actively involved with legislation, education, and the development of standards within the industry.  Mr. Jones has also appeared as an expert in CIDs and has provided expert testimony for the California State Senate and Assembly