“Excellence, Commitment and Integrity are the core values on which our company was founded. Each and every day, we strive to demonstrate these values in a way that makes a difference in the lives of our residents and fellow associates.”
Seth R. Greenberg
Seth Greenberg serves as Chief Executive Officer of ECI Group, and has expanded the company’s portfolio through solid asset management. Through his vision and extensive due diligence, Seth has positioned ECI to capitalize on the changing demographic trends in major growth markets. He has gained the respect of his peers and earned a reputation for creating profitable niche opportunities within the market. Prior to joining ECI, Seth served as judicial law clerk for the Honorable John W. Bissell, United States District Court Judge in Newark, New Jersey. Seth is a graduate of Seton Hall School of Law and holds a BA in History from the University of Michigan.
Benjamin Engel, CPA
Ben Engel, serves as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of ECI Group and is responsible for the comprehensive financial planning, forecasting, and analysis which enable the company to align resources to achieve its goals. Mr. Engel is known for as the go-to person for driving key initiatives that deliver insight for critical business decisions and support of strategic growth. Mr. Engel is a Graduate of Shippensburg University with a BSBA duel major in Finance and Accounting and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Mercer University.
Jim Baugnon joined the ECI Group of companies in May of 2016 as President of ECI Capital, LLC and was promoted to Chief Investment Officer in 2020. He is responsible for all Development, Acquisition, Disposition, Finance and Asset Management functions within ECI. Mr. Baugnon is a Graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Economics and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Emory University where he graduated with honors. Mr. Baugnon has a long and successful track record in the multifamily industry where he has been active for more than 20 years. Prior to joining ECI, Mr. Baugnon was a development partner with Terwilliger Pappas and ran the Atlanta development office for Wood Partners.
Richard Beauchamp, President of ECI Construction, Inc., has over 35+ years in the construction industry encompassing the medical, surgical, commercial, retail, single family and multi-family disciplines. Richard joined ECI in 2006 as a Senior Project Manager and was promoted to Vice President of Construction in 2016. His vast experience in the industry, from project inception through acceptance, combined with his strong communication, planning and organizational skills and contract negotiations; have resulted in a proven track record of delivering superior products. In 2018, Richard was promoted to President of Construction and is responsible for the oversight of all projects as well as the construction process and quality control.
Scott Simmons, Chief Information Officer of ECI Group, leads our company’s Information Technology Division and is responsible for the management, implementation and usability of business intelligence and computer based technologies. Scott is also responsible for analyzing how emerging technologies can benefit the company and improve our existing business process. He and his team build and maintain the system infrastructure that envelopes all aspects of the company’s presence. Scott is a graduate of the University of Montana, holds numerous industry certifications and has over 20 years of experience in real estate and information systems management.
Michael Coogan serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of ECI Group. His primary focus is to oversee all legal functions at ECI and he partners closely with the Executive Team and Board of Managers in addressing company-wide legal matters. He is also involved in shaping business strategies, and developing, reviewing and implementing corporate policies. Michael brings extensive experience to ECI, having served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at a global hotel company where he was responsible for litigation, marketing, procurement, data security, technology and operations functions. Before moving in-house, Michael was a partner at Dennis, Corry, Porter & Smith in Atlanta, Georgia, where he litigated hundreds of matters as a trial attorney. Michael received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University-Bloomington as well as a Juris Doctor degree from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University Bloomington.
Julie George, Vice President of ECI Capital and Corporate Office Manager, joined ECI in 1999. Her primary focus is to lead the effort in the pre-closing and closing process on basic real estate loans, including construction, term, lines of credit and bonds. She is responsible for managing the construction draw process, including reviewing draw packages of hard and soft cost. Julie is also responsible for the identification and elimination of risks that may result in property loss, injury or legal liability to the corporation. She handles the insurance needs and secures optimum coverage for the company and manages the insurance, general liability, and loss prevention processes. Julie graduated from Kennesaw State University and holds a Bachelor degree of Business Administration in Management.
Melanie Ward, CPA
Melanie Ward, Vice President and Controller, leads our accounting team. She is responsible for all of the company’s accounting functions, including internal and external financial reporting, policies and procedures and budgeting. Prior to joining the ECI family in 2016, Melanie most recently held Vice President and Controller roles at Cousins Properties and iStar. Melanie has over 20 years of experience in real estate and corporate accounting including experience with most property types and projects under development. Melanie graduated from the University of Alabama and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in both Accounting and Corporate Finance and Investment Management.
Bridget Maloney, SPHR
Bridget Maloney, Vice President of Human Resources, implements human resources strategies by establishing department accountabilities, talent acquisition, employment processing, compensation planning, health and welfare benefits, employee relations and retention. Bridget is a graduate of State University of New York at Brockport and comes to us with over 15 years of Corporate and Field related HR experience prior to joining ECI in 2012.
Emily Mask, CAPS
Emily Mask, Vice President of Operations for ECI Management, joined the ECI team in 2004 and was promoted to Revenue Manager in 2007, to Associate VP of Operations in 2017 and to Vice President of Operations in 2021. As Revenue Manager, Emily’s primary focus was to optimize pricing via a revenue management platform by monitoring property operations and market data. Throughout her tenure at ECI, Emily has also worked hand in hand with Training and IT on new technology initiatives. Emily attended the University of Georgia where she majored in Housing and Consumer Economics.
Board of Managers
Jay McDonald (Chairman)