Charles Schmid


Charles formed Emmerson in 2000, and applies experience with real estate finance, development, and management to ensure that projects meet the needs of all stakeholders. Charles has supervised the construction of more than 6,000 units on the West Coast. With a degree from the University of California, San Diego, he has a thorough understanding of the life cycle of apartment development, from feasibility analysis through lease-up. Recent projects range from rural developments of 80 units to urban San Diego projects of more than 200 units.


Tim M Gray

Chief Financial Officer

Tim has over 25 years of professional accounting experience with a primary focus on the construction industry. He obtained his CPA while working with Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers and holds a CCIFP designation. Tim has managed accounting teams of up to 50 employees and has been involved in over 300 communities during all stages of development, construction and property management. He joined ECI in 2015 and currently serves on several construction associations including CFMA‐Treasurer, ABC‐Director, and ICCIFP‐Secretary.


Zion Patton


Director of Construction

Zion has more than 25 years of building experience in the affordable and market rate multi-family housing sectors. He has been responsible for the construction of multiple affordable housing and student housing projects throughout central and southern California, with project values ranging from $10 to $120 million, and with units in excess of 600. In his career, Zion has been responsible for the completion of more than 3,200 units. He leads Emmerson's construction operations and also has overall responsibility for estimating and preconstruction services. 


Janice Patterson

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Senior Project Manager

Janice has worked in the industry over 30 years and has drawn on her extensive experience to deliver nearly 20 quality affordable communities for Emmerson, with a contract value of more than $180 million, all completed early or on time and on budget. Prior to joining Emmerson in 2009, Janice's project experience included single family tract, semi-custom, and multifamily affordable homes. As Senior Project Manager, she leads field and office construction teams and collaborates with owners, architects, consultants and government entities.