548 Capital's vision is to be the leading firm to prioritize and create solutions to the housing, environmental, and economic issues facing inner cities in America.
Managing Partner and CEO
Robert “A.J.” Patton is an accomplished finance, sales, and capital markets expert with more than a decade of experience in investment banking, endowment management, and real estate analysis. He most recently worked with Equities First, a $500 million-dollar investment fund, in which he led the Investment and Underwriting Departments along with managing all U.S. business development initiatives. There he lead a team that created consistent returns in various industries. He was responsible for working with clients to shape, outline, and execute solutions that would solve complex challenges in the capital markets space.
In May 2016, A.J. branched out on his own. He founded 548 Capital, LLC, to combine his expertise and track record of creating consistent returns with a personal passion for helping transform communities and their impact on the planet.
Erica M. Johnson is a Construction Risk Control Consultant providing 12 years of successful field experience supporting Environmental Health & Safety programs for industry leading construction & insurance companies. She has attained LEED Platinum certification on previous projects.
Erica also founded Sterling & Morgan Johnson, a Construction Risk Control Consulting Company, which advises contractors on how to reduce their insurance risks while also being dedicated to providing assistance to minority and women-owned businesses who are historically unable to afford such knowledge.
Vincent F. Mason Jr. is a tested and proven expert in project management and coordination with ten plus years of experience in consulting & construction management. He has worked on projects such as the Marion County Public Library in Indianapolis, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. After these projects, he developed an interest in expediting and retail construction. This brought him to various projects around the country and mastering quick turnaround full interior demo and store rehabs. He now specializes in the representation of owners and tenants in the management of their design and construction teams.
Founder & Owner of VLV Development and pioneer of urban resilient energy. A 20 yr multifamily development veteran who has developed thousands of affordable housing units. Starting with HUD working on the multifamily housing debt reconstruction. Moved to Baker Tilly affordable housing strategy. Then shifted his career to commit fully to building out his own internal staff at VLV to transform urban communities with sustainable technologies.
Charles Cole is Partner and Director of Acquisitions for 548 Capital. Mr. Cole is a seasoned real estate investor who has worked in investment management, asset management, and development roles. In 2009, Mr. Cole co-founded Civitas Development, a real estate investment group that acquired and rehabilitated over 800 units of workforce multifamily housing in the Atlanta metro area. Mr. Cole served as a third-party asset manager for one of the largest owners of affordable housing in the country. In this role, he revamped the company’s approach to portfolio valuation, expense management, and revenue generation. Additionally, Mr. Cole has experience working with Bain and Company, the Related Companies and AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust. Mr. Cole graduated with a BA in economics from Harvard College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. Cole serves on the board of Woodlawn Development Associates, a nonprofit developer of affordable housing on the South Side of the City of Chicago.
Steve Gerson is a Senior Finance Associate with 548 Capital, where he is an integral part of the investment, operations, and strategy team. Steve directs and manages finance and accounting work at the firm and fund level, including accounting and CFO services, tax and audit, and fund administration. He facilitates the development of investment models and analysis, participates in investor pitch meetings, and the creation and review of fund and legal documentation.
Prior to joining 548 Capital, Steve worked in the lighting, HVAC, and building products sector in various finance and operations roles including treasury management, FP&A, and supply chain. Most recently, he acted as the treasury manager for a mid-market private equity backed portfolio company out of Miami, managing their liquidity, hedging, forecasting, and reporting. Before that, he spent time performing sell-side equity research at a South Florida investment bank.
Steve received his MBA with a concentration in International Business and his Master of Science in Economics with a concentration in Finance from Florida Atlantic University. He is both a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Charterholder.