Meet Our Leadership Team

ECI Group’s leadership knows full well that our most important asset is our people, and we truly appreciate the contributions each and every one of them makes to our overall success.

With core competencies in the areas of development, acquisition, construction, portfolio maintenance and property management, we have earned national recognition for our commitment to performance excellence and innovation.

Working together as one company with a common purpose, we are guided by the common goal of building communities and enriching lives.

Executive Leadership

Seth Greenberg - Chief Executive Officer
Benjamin Engel - Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
James Baugnon - Chief Investment Officer
Michael Coogan - Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Scott Simmons - Chief Information Officer
Richard Beauchamp - President of ECI Construction
Scott Levitt - Chief Acquisitions Officer

Corporate Leadership

Timathie Zavala - Vice President of Asset Management
Stephen Stover, Vice President of Development
Stephen Stover - Vice President of Development
Vice President of Construction Field Services, Robert Lemon
Robert Lemon - Vice President of Construction Field Services
Tim Johnson - Vice President of Customer Experience
Bridget Maloney, SPHR - Vice President of Human Resources
Julie George - Vice President of ECI Capital
Emily Mask, CAPS - Vice President of Operations, ECI Management
Melanie Ward - Vice President of Accounting
Chris Shields, Director of Facilities, Maintenance
Chris Shields, Director of Facilities, Maintenance
Stacey Smith - Director of Learning & Development

Regional Leadership

Tammy Norwood, Area Manager
Tammy Norwood - Area Manager
Jeff Martin, Regional Manager
Jeff Martin - Regional Manager
Eric Velarde - Regional Manager
Stacey Mabry - Regional Manager

Our Founder

Henry Hirsch

In 1969, Henry Hirsch fulfilled his lifelong dream of forming a general contracting business specializing in multi-family housing. ECI began with just a few employees and today is recognized as one of the nation’s premiere real estate firms specializing in the development and management of multi-family properties. Henry’s instinctive character and entrepreneurial spirit served as the catalyst for much of ECI Group’s expansion. His innate ability to assess a market and execute a development strategy that resulted in maximum profits is precisely what fueled the growth of ECI Group’s portfolio. As a result, the opportunity came to use our experience and expertise to expand into the fully integrated platform that exists today.

In addition, Henry made certain to give back to the industry that afforded him great success; he served as President of the Atlanta Apartment Association and served on other industry related advisory boards including the National Apartment Association. This gratitude and appreciation has not ended. Henry’s family founded The Hirsch Family Initiative at his alma mater, Georgia Institute of Technology. Through this initiative students in the Department of Building Construction at Georgia Tech can get first-hand experience of multi-family construction and management through coursework and practical application. Henry is was one of the greatest entrepreneurs of his time, and has left a legacy that will propel ECI Group for generations to come.

Chief Executive Officer

Seth Greenberg

Through solid asset management, Seth Greenberg has facilitated a considerable expansion of our portfolio. His vision and extensive due diligence has positioned us to capitalize on changing demographic trends in major growth markets. This combined with a reputation for creating profitable niche opportunities within the market has garnered esteem from his peers. 

 

Prior to joining ECI, Seth served as judicial law clerk in Newark, NJ for the Honorable John W. Bissell, United States District Court Judge. His academic background includes a degree from Seton Hall School of Law, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan.

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Benjamin Engel

Ben’s responsibilities include comprehensive planning, forecasting, and analysis, aiding in the alignment of resources necessary for our goals. He is often our go-to teammate to lead key initiatives rich in critical insights and strategic growth for ECI. Mr. Engel holds marks in dual majors from Shippensburg University (BSBA in Finance and Accounting), as well as an MBA from Mercer University.

Chief Investment Officer

James Baugnon

James Baugnon joined the ECI Group in May of 2016. He began his tenure as President of ECI Capital, LLC. Now, his responsibilities range between Development, Acquisition, Disposition, Finance, and Asset Management functions. He holds a degree in economics from UGA, and graduated with honors and an MBA from Emory University. James is an active leader in the multifamily industry, with an impressive career spanning two decades. Before the ECI Group, Mr. Baugnon served both as a development partner to Terwilliger Pappas, and head of the Atlanta Development Office for Wood Partners.

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Michel Coogan

Michael oversees all of ECI’s legal functions, partnering closely with the Executive Team and Board of Managers to address company-wide legal matters. He also assists in developing, reviewing, and implementing corporate policies. Michael’s professional experience includes serving as Vice President and Associate General Counsel to a global hotel company. 

His responsibilities included litigation, marketing, procurement, data security, technology, and operations functions. Before joining the ECI family, Michael was a partner at Dennis, Corry, Porter, & Smith in Atlanta, GA, litigating hundreds of matters as a trial attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University-Bloomington. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Chief Information Officer

Scott Simmons

As CIO, Scott leads our Information Technology Division, overseeing management, implementation, and usability of business intel and computer based technologies. He also analyzes emerging tech to determine possible benefits to ECI’s infrastructure. 

Scott and his team keep our systems running efficiently, allowing us to press on towards our objectives. Scott is a graduate of the University of Montana. He possesses several credentialed certifications, and has over 20 years of real estate and information systems management experience. 

President of ECI Construction

Richard Beauchamp

Mr. Beauchamp’s career includes 35+ years in the construction industry, encompassing the medical, surgical, commercial, retail, single family, and multi-family disciplines. His tenure at ECI began in 2006 as a Senior Project Manager. In 2016, he was promoted to Vice President of Construction. 

Richard has consistently implemented strong communicative, planning, and organizational skills from top to bottom. This, accompanied by an adeptness at contract negotiations, has resulted in a proven track record of superior deliverables. In 2018, Richard was promoted to President of Construction, now overseeing all projects, the construction process, and quality control.

Chief Acquisitions Officer

Scott Levitt

Scott Levitt is an apartment investment professional who has completed over $2.3 billion in acquisitions, development, financing, dispositions and joint venture equity investment transactions in the past two decades. Most recently, he served as Southeast Partner for Strand Communities, responsible for all investment, asset management and operational activity for the company. 

Prior to that, Mr. Levitt was Vice President/Acquisitions – Southeast Region for Passco Companies, responsible for all apartment acquisition activity. Other prior positions included serving as Partner for Southeast Capital Partners and as Vice President/Senior Acquisition Director for Lane Investment & Development. Mr. Levitt earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University.

Vice President of Asset Management

Timathie Zavala

Timathie Zavala is the VP of Asset Management for the ECI Group. Ms. Zavala has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate. This included asset management of multifamily, office/industrial, land and retail assets, as well as complex capital structures in both the debt and equity positions in multiple markets. This includes domestically and internationally. Joining our family in 2020, Timathie’s contributions have already helped in the pursuit of our mission. She’s expertly overseen the handling of our assets, including property investments, bonds, and more. 

Her storied career includes over a decade in asset management for reputable institutions. Her academic history includes a BA in Literary Studies from The University of Texas at Dallas, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She also studied real estate at the University of North Texas, before enrolling at The Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School.

Vice President of Development

Stephen Stover

Since 2018, Stephen has evaluated and overseen multifamily development projects for the company. His skill at contract negotiation, structuring, and closing has helped to position ECI as a leader in multifamily development. He has been instrumental in several new development project closings in the SE region. 

Prior to joining ECI, Stephen served as Senior Associate, and eventually VP of Development Acquisitions and Management at FCP in Maryland. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dual degree in Finance and Economics from James Madison University.

Vice President of Construction Field Services

Robert Lemon

Robert first joined the ECI Group back in 2003; he serves as our Vice President of Construction Field Services. His extensive construction and operational skills have been invaluable to the company’s mission. Robert works closely with the President of ECI Construction, as well as other senior personnel on business and strategic prospects. He enhances existing systems and processes concurrently, driving projects from inception to completion with the project management & field teams, design teams, and ownership.  He remains up to date on all things relevant to construction, making for a smooth pathway to company goals. 



Vice President of Resident Experience

Tim Johnson

A 10-year hospitality veteran, Johnson has an extensive record of accomplishment driving growth, commercial performance and guest satisfaction for some of the most recognized brands in the hospitality industry. 

Johnson has spent the previous three years at IHG Hotels & Resorts, most recently leading the strategic agenda for IHG’s lifestyle and premium portfolio of differentiated brands. During this time, he and his team helped grow guest satisfaction and market share to some of the highest points in the history of the brands.

Johnson’s tenure within the hospitality industry also spans leadership positions with LBA Hospitality, one of the leading hotel management, development and consulting companies in the US., and Marriott International. 

Johnson attended Middle Tennessee State University and has completed continuing education programs at eCornell, Cornell University’s external education unit. 

Vice President of Human Resources

Bridget Maloney, SPHR

Bridget Maloney is our Vice President of Human Resources. In this role, she implements relevant strategies by establishing department accountabilities, talent acquisition, employment processing, compensation planning, health and welfare benefits, employee relations, and retention. 

Her 20+ plus years of professional experience in Corporate and Field-related HR has made her a true asset to the ECI Group for nearly a decade. Bridget graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport.

Vice President of ECI Capital

Julie George

Julie George joined ECI in 1999. Her primary focus is to lead the identification and elimination of risks that may result in property loss, injury or legal liability to the corporation. She is responsible for managing insurance claims and mitigating risk in all aspects of risk management including Management Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary, Crime, Professional Liability, and related executive protection lines. 

She works closely with Asset Management in acquisitions and dispositions to efficiently manage third parties, including brokers, property managers, construction/project managers and attorneys, to provide clear direction and skill-based leadership in executing on both the portfolio’s strategy and the specific asset’s business plan. Julie graduated from Kennesaw State University and holds a Bachelor degree of Business Administration in Management.

Vice President of Operations, ECI Management

Emily Mask, CAPS

Emily has been a part of ECI since 2004, where she began as a leader managing operations for a portfolio of communities . She was first promoted in 2007 to Revenue Manager, and again in 2017 to Associate VP of Operations. As Revenue Manager, Emily was responsible for optimizing pricing via a revenue management platform by monitoring property operations and market data.

 During this time, she’s also worked intimately with Training and IT on new technology initiatives, showing the extent of her reach across our organizational structure. She is also a graduate of UGA, where she majored in Housing and Consumer Economics. 

Vice President of Accounting

Melanie Ward

Melanie oversees the entire accounting team and all accounting functions to include all financial reporting, policies and procedures and budgeting. She first joined us in 2016 and brings over 25 years worth of credentials in real estate and corporate accounting. 

This includes experience with a multitude of property types, including development projects. Melanie graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Accounting & Corporate Finance, and Investment Management.

Regional Manager

Jeff Martin

Jeff’s work in the real estate industry includes expertise in apartments, fair housing, real estate development, dispositions, and more. He’s been with the ECI Group for over 4 years. He is a graduate of Jefferson State Community College, holding a degree in Business Administration and Management.

Regional Manager

Eric Velarde

Eric has nearly two decades worth of experience as a property manager. He began his career in property management with Post Properties in Atlanta in 2001. By 2004, he had moved to the Tampa market, learning the ins and outs of operations excellence through roles like Leasing Consultant and Property Manager. He has been successful at managing all types of communities, from garden-style, to mid-rise, to high-rise, and mixed-use. He has a proven track record with a variety of projects, i.e. renovations, as well as stabilized assets and new development lease-up properties. 

Regional Manager

Stacey Harrington

Stacey Harrington began with the ECI Group as a property manager in 2016, before being promoted in 2019. Her responsibilities have included establishing and overseeing ECI’s operational systems, programs, and more. Her past professional experience includes almost a decade of property management, i.e., transitions, due diligence, marketing and training, and more. She is a graduate of Georgia Perimeter College.