EXECUTIVE TEAM

Michele Liakos

President

Michele joined Signature Property Group in 2014 with over 30 years of property management experience. Prior to joining our team, Michele was the head of a portfolio of over 35 communities consisting of more than 10,000 apartment homes, covering 6 states throughout the southeastern United States. She also has extensive experience in creating operating standards and has revitalized the approach to operating standards for a portfolio of over 25,000 apartment homes in her career.

When Michele joined us, she came in with a commitment to upholding the tradition of Good Housing for Good Neighbors through Signature Property Group's Core Values.

Michele attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied Data Processing and Business Administration. She has served on the Board of Directors and the Legislative Committee for the Virginia Apartment Management Association and the Executive Committee for the Tidewater Multifamily Housing Council. Michele also holds a NC Broker’s License.

 

 

Denon Williams

President, Signature Development Group

Denon joined Signature Development Group in 2016 with 30 years of experience in multifamily apartment construction. Prior to joining our team, Denon served in various roles with other companies, including Director and Division President in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Houston.

North Carolina is home to Denon, so he was pleased to move back after spending time in Houston.  Denon is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a degree in Chemistry. He is a licensed General Contractor in five states and holds his LEED certification. In his spare time, Denon enjoys traveling, seeing the world and spending time with family.

Brian Wise

Vice President of Development

Brian joined Signature Property Group in January of 2018 and is responsible for overseeing the strategic planning, site selection, financing, and other pre-construction activities for our apartment projects.  He received his JD from UNC-Chapel Hill and was in private practice with Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP in Raleigh prior to his start in the real estate industry.   Brian has extensive experience in land acquisition, real estate financing and development. 

Brian is originally from Indiana and graduated from Indiana University with a dual major in finance and accounting.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Downtown Greensboro, Inc.  Brian and his wife, Kelly, have three children and live in Summerfield.  In his free time, he enjoys trail running, skiing and cheering his kids on during their youth soccer games. 

 

Michael DePopas

Chief Financial Officer

Mike joined Signature Property Group in 2015. Mike has been in finance and accounting for over thirty years both in public accounting and industry. He has been CFO of several area construction related entities and brings a strong finance and accounting background to Signature’s development, construction and property management functions. He is responsible for planning, managing, and controlling all financial aspects of the companies’ activities.

Mike is a cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, where he earned his degree in accountancy and is a North Carolina CPA. He has held leadership positions in his church and local area civic organizations. 

Tres Cobb

Controller

Tres joined Signature Property Group in 2017 and is a Certified Public Accountant who brings a wealth of experience from the real estate and construction industries. His prior experiences include Manager of Investor Reporting, Manager of Construction Services Accounting, and Assistant Controller. Tres's prior experience with Tanger Factory Outlets and Miles-McClellan Construction make him a valuable asset to our organization.

Tres is married to his wife with two young children and resides in Greensboro. When he is not working, he enjoys golf and spending time with family.

Andy McNeil

Regional Manager

Andy McNeil joined Signature Property Group in 2014 as Regional Manager of our student housing portfolio. Andy's prior experience with ACC in the student housing field made him a valuable asset to our team. 

Andy holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Minor in Industrial Engineering Technology from Western Carolina State University. Prior to beginning his career in property management, Andy worked in the manufacturing industry and was a professional racecar driver.

Andy holds his Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor designation from the National Apartment Association.

When not working, Andy enjoys going to concerts and tinkering with cars.

Heather Izzo

Regional Manager

Heather joined Signature Property Group in 2016 and has been in the property management industry since 2000. Heather has worked with several large management companies, including Equity Residential and most recently, Waypoint Property Management. Heather holds a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management and also holds her National Apartment Leasing Professional, Certified Apartment Manager, and Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor designations from the National Apartment Association. 

Heather is an active member of the Triangle Apartment Association and was recognized as Manager of the Year in 2002. 

Heather has a history of building strong, engaging teams that create value for the residents and the community.  Currently, she is responsible for our growing lease-up communities in Alamance and Wake County.

In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with friends and family, baking and her growing love for kickboxing.

Lari Waskey

Training and Talent Development Manager

"Do what you love, love what you do," is a saying for people that have a passion for their profession. This saying is never more accurate than with Lari Waskey.  Lari joined Signature Property Group in 2016 with a long property management career that started as a Resident Assistant at North Carolina State University in 1992. 

Lari holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Public Relations from North Carolina State University.  Lari also holds her Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor Designation from the National Apartment Association.  She has worked for several professional management companies throughout her career, growing from Leasing Specialist to Assistant Manager to Property Manager.  She also worked as the Information System Specialist and Regional Systems Trainer for United Dominion Realty Trust.

Lari has worked to revamp the training and talent development within Signature Property Group to ensure that every prospect and resident is treated exceptionally. 

In her spare time, Lari enjoys reading, horseback riding and spending time with her kids.

 

 

 

Benjamin Scott

Regional Maintenance Manager

Ben joined Signature Property Group in 2008, having come to us with a multifamily career that started in 2005.  Ben's father is a licensed General Contractor, Electrician, Plumber, and Home Inspector in the state of North Carolina so Ben has been exposed to these trades his whole life.   Holding a NC Building Contractor’s license and a NC Home Inspectors license himself, Ben’s background is varied; he’s worked in fields ranging from the electrical trade to law enforcement. It all changed when his brother recommended him for a Maintenance Technician position in the apartment industry.  Ben soon found a sense of accomplishment within his new role and he enjoyed helping people by solving their problems using a customer service approach.  Ben believes that maintenance is a great mix of all trades that has given him an opportunity to put all of his skills together in one package. Before he knew it, working in apartment maintenance wasn’t a “job” – it was a career choice.  He really enjoys his position – helping customers and improving their experience is his favorite aspect of the job.

Ben holds his Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor designation from the National Apartment Association.

Ben was born and raised in Greensboro and loves our city.  He and his wife, Jessica have two young daughters, a Labrador mix named Daisy and a Black Mouthed Cur named Fitts that keep them very busy. 

Candice Terrell

Marketing & Brand Manager

Candice joined Signature Property Group in December 2017, bringing over 10 years of experience in the multifamily industry and having worked with several professional management companies. She brings well-rounded industry experience and has held various leadership positions, including Director of Marketing & Leasing with focus on new development and Community Manager with Bell Partners.

Candice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Minor in Psychology from North Carolina State University, and also holds her Certified Apartment Manager and Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor designations from the National Apartment Association.  

Candice has been active within the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association throughout her career, attended and completed Greensboro City Academy in 2009 and has served on the Human Relations Commission for the City of Greensboro.

Candice is native to Greensboro, married to husband, Reid and has two daughters. She actively serves in her church and is very enthusiastic and passionate about people and bringing out the best in them. When not working or spending time with family, Candice enjoys hot yoga, a good book, and good conversation.

 

Frank Auman

Owner/CEO

Frank founded Signature Property Group, Inc. (SPG) in 1990 and it has grown into what is currently one of the largest managed portfolios of apartments in the Piedmont Triad MSA of NC.  SPG also has apartment communities completed or underway in the Triangle and Charlotte areas of NC.

Frank’s past and present civic activities include serving on numerous charities and civic committees dedicated to making Greensboro a better place to live. These include Greensboro Beautiful, Preservation Greensboro Inc., Arts Greensboro, Operation Smile, the Greensboro Human Relations Commission, and the Weatherspoon Art Gallery at UNCG.  Frank is most proud of the fact that over the last three years SPG and its related companies and employee team have contributed over $250,000 to local charities.

He believes that the residents of a Signature Property Group community should enjoy a clean, well-tended, quiet community in which to relax and enjoy with other good neighbors.