548 Enterprise

548 Enterprise is a social impact firm that invests in the creation of solar-powered affordable housing. 548 is more than just a number — it is the address where founder A.J. Patton grew up in the projects. After experiencing the hardship of energy and housing insecurity firsthand, A.J. saw an opportunity to reduce utility bills for tenants while increasing energy efficiency for the building owner by installing rooftop solar on affordable housing projects. Since its inception, 548 has helped minority- and women-owned companies level up in the playing field, helping minority-owned general contractors gain access to capital by facilitating introductions to financiers, and allowing their contracts to be leveraged by emerging GCs to access new lines of credit so they could grow their business.

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AJ Patton, Founder 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.

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. In 2019, Patton was named a recipient of the Energy News 40 Under 40 award — highlighting his impact on America’s transition to a clean economy.