About keystone engineering

Keystone Engineering is a privately-owned structural engineering firm, incorporated in the State of Florida in 2003. The team of engineers and project managers serves the coastal communities from St. Augustine to Vero Beach. Keystone excels at the evaluation of coastal structures, identifying structural repair needs associated with long-term chloride exposure. Along with preventative and beautification measures, including landscaping and amenities, Keystone has the ability to create a modernized result that is cosmetically appealing and desirable. With over 50 years of combined experience, our associates highlighted below, serve to educate our clients with informed decisions regarding the exterior building maintenance decision-making process.


James Emory, P.E.

Special Inspector #60965
Owner and Principal Engineer

Jim has been fully committed to the concrete restoration industry for the last 30+ years. As a registered professional engineer (FL 60965), with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Central Florida, Jim also holds Florida licenses as a General Contractor (CGC 059844) and Roofing Contractor (RC 29027436). Jim’s focus has been concrete distress due to reinforcing steel corrosion caused by chloride contamination in coastal environments. This endeavor has expanded to include engineering and consultation on virtually all aspects of exterior coastal building maintenance and rehabilitation. His experience includes hundreds of completed projects for condominium associations and several government agencies, including NASA and the USAF.

Charles Hays, CGC

Vice President

A United States Marine Corps veteran, Chuck has a long and distinguished career in the concrete construction industry, spanning 24 years. He currently serves as Construction Services Manager. He oversees condominium restoration projects including structural repairs, concrete restorations, waterproofing, roofing, coating and painting, railing replacements, windows/doors and related project activities. He has even served as a Community Association Manager/Maintenance Supervisor, directing maintenance personnel and overseeing repair and maintenance projects on countless beachside condominiums and timeshares, as well as owning his own construction company. In the past, Chuck has held several licenses including Class C Drinking Water Treatment Operator, Registered Specialty Structure Contractor, Certified Specialty Structure Contractor and Community Association Manager. He continues to hold licenses as an American Concrete Institute Field Testing Technician Grade 1 and a Florida Certified General Contractor.

Tomas Ponce, MSCE, P.E.

Structural Engineer

Tomas, a registered Professional Engineer (FL 50068) with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida and an emphasis in Structures and Foundations, has 28 years of experience in structural engineering, focusing on structural specification and design of concrete, steel, aluminum, masonry, and wood structures including gravity loads, lateral loads (wind analyses), and foundations. He has been with Keystone since 2015 and evaluates condition of the exterior structural elements of coastal structures and their roofing systems for corrosion migration, waterproofing, coatings, railings, and all exterior building issues in order to develop specific, cost-effective solutions for repair and maintenance to ensure structural integrity and safety.

Jason Boatright, P.E., CEM, CGBE

Structural Engineer

A retired United States Navy veteran, Jason spent over 17 years in the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) as a Civil Engineer overseeing new construction, sustainment, restoration & modernization projects, utility plant operations, natural disaster recovery operations, and other expeditionary engineering activities. He has been with Keystone since early 2023, overseeing condominium and resort restoration projects including structural inspection & repairs, concrete restorations, waterproofing, coating/painting, windows/doors, and related project activities. Jason received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. He holds a license as a State of Florida Professional Engineer (FL 96305) as of 2023, has maintained his Commonwealth of Kentucky Professional Engineer license (KY 32546) since 2017. Jason is also certified as a Energy Manager (CEM) and a Green Building Engineer (CGBE) from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), as well as holding certifications from the DoD Defense Acquisition University (DAU) for the fields of Contracting, Facility Engineering, and Project Management.