EXECUTIVE TEAM

Michele Liakos

President

Michele joins Signature Property Group with over 30 years of property management experience. Prior to joining Signature Property Group, Michele was the head of a portfolio of over thirty five communities consisting of more than ten thousand apartments that covered six states throughout the southeast.

Michele also has extensive experience in operating standards and recently revitalized the approach to operating standards for a portfolio of over twenty five thousand apartments. Michele says in her joining Signature Property Group, that she is committed to uphold 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.

Andy McNeil

Regional Manager of Student Housing

Andy McNeil joins the Signature Property Group team as already a fixture in the Greensboro multi-family housing community. Andy oversees a portfolio of 1,410 beds at Campus Crossing. He recently obtained his Certified Apartment Portfolio Specialist designation through PTAA.

Heather Izzo

Regional Manager

Heather has been in the property management industry for 16 years with several large management companies including Equity Residential and most recently, Palms Associates. Heather has a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management and also has her NALP and CAM designations.  She is an active member in the Triangle Apartment Association and was the Manager of the Year in 2002. 

Heather has a history of building strong, engaging teams that create value for the residents and the community. Heather is joing Signature Property Group as Regional Manager for The Boroughs Apartments and Cedar Trace communities. We are very excited Heather has joined the SPG Team!

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

Our Controller, Tres Cobb, is a Certified Public Accountant who brings to us a wealth of experience in the real estate and construction industries. His prior experiences include being Manager of Investor Reporting, Manager of Construction Services Accounting and Assistant Controller. He also has previous experience with Tanger Factory Outlets and Miles-McClellan Construction.

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

Benjamin Scott

Regional Maintenance Manager

Ben joined the Signature family 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 he 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 Tech position in the apartment maintenance field.  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.

He recently received his Certified Apartment Portfolio Specialist designation through PTAA.

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

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 comes to Signature Property Group with a long property management career that started as an Resident Assistant at NC State in 1992. 

She holds a B.A. in Mass Communication and Public Relations from NC State.  Lari also holds her Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor Designation.  She has worked for several professional management companies throughout her career growing from Leasing Specialist, to Assistant Manager, to Property Manager.  She was also the Information System Specialist and Regional Systems Trainer for United Dominion Realty Trust.

Lari is looking to revamp the training and talent development at Signature Property Group to ensure the every prospect and resident is treated exceptionally. We are very excited she has joined our team!

 

 

Denon Williams

President, Signature Development Group

Denon joined Signature Development Group in October 2016 as President of Signature Development Group.  He relocated from Houston, Texas and is happy to be back in beautiful North Carolina where he was born.  He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Chemistry

In the last 30 years, his career has focused on multi-family housing construction in Houston, Charlotte and Raleigh, where he served in various roles including Director and Division President.

He holds a degree in Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill, has his General Contractor’s licenses in five states, and is LEED certified.

Frank Auman

Owner/CEO

 

Frank started Signature Property Group, Inc. (SPG) in 1990 and it has grown into what is currently one of the largest managed portfolio of apartments in the Triad, a private student housing provider for UNCG students, and is growing into Alamance County and the Raleigh-Durham market.

Over the last three years his company and its over 100 employees have contributed over $320,000 to local charities. He is a NC licensed General Contractor and has developed and constructed almost all of the apartment homes in SPG’s portfolio.

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, and the Greensboro Human Relations Commission. 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.