About Us


After discussing Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) with a colleague, Chuck Smith and his son Scott applied for an allocation of tax credits. That same year, in 1989, they completed a 25-page application; 45 days later, Scott and Chuck received notice that they were granted tax credits and would be able to move forward with their first project. Between 1989 and 1996, their partnership developed over 7,000 units under the company name Universal Developers.

In 1996, two major events occurred. First, Chuck’s brother, Mike L. Smith, joined Universal Developers to develop larger projects using both LIHTC’s and Tax Exempt Bonds, which added a market rate component to all new developments. Second, Chuck’s other son, Mike B. Smith, joined Scott in forming Signature Management to manage the communities being developed by Universal Developers.

By 1998, Signature Management was managing 17 of the properties developed by Universal Developers in both Georgia and South Carolina. Realizing that Chuck and Mike L. were reaching retirement stage, Mike B. and Scott decided to open Signature Management’s doors to other apartment owners to provide both compliance and management services. Over the years, the company grew to include 40-plus apartment communities across multiple states.

Today, Signature Management is recognized as one of the very best management companies in the Southeast.  Mike and Scott have established a reputation for being problem solvers, and have reshaped the business model by bringing a Class A conventional management style to all multifamily asset types.


  • Signature Management was founded in 1996 and has developed and managed Conventional Class A, B, C and Tax Credit communities.
  • Signature Management is a privately held, diversified real estate company with expertise in managing, financing, and developing multi-family communities.
  • Signature Management has managed over 40 communities in AL, TN, NC, FL, SC, and MS. Our professional team welcomes the opportunity to improve the value of your assets.
  • We pride ourselves in being one of few companies that can boast 100% excellence on all Tax Credit audit scores since our inception in 1996.


Mike B. Smith,
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Scott H. Smith,
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Charles Lindley,
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Mike B. Smith, President, HCCP

Mike co-founded Signature Management in 1996 to manage his father, Charles H. Smith, and uncle, Michael L. Smith’s portfolio of UDC-developed housing communities in Georgia. Mike has since been responsible for oversight of the development, construction and management of more than 7,800 apartment homes. Mike has served on the boards of the Atlanta Apartment Association, NAHB/HCCP Board of Governors, AAA Political Action Committee, and the Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation.

Scott H. Smith, Chief Financial Officer, HCCP

Prior to co-founding Signature Management, Scott began developing multi-family communities for UDC in Georgia and South Carolina as part of a partnership with his father, Charles H. Smith, and uncle, Michael L. Smith. During his career, Scott has developed approximately 3,500 units of multi-family housing and takes an active role in the operations and business development of Signature Management. Scott was one of the first in the country to receive his HCCP designation and has previously served on the Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition’s Board of Directors, Compliance Committee, and Georgia Department of Community Affairs Liaison Committee.

Charles Lindley, Compliance Director, HCCP

Charles is responsible for all aspects of tax credit compliance, including file reviews, on-site file audits, physical inspections, training and reporting to all housing authorities. He has over 10 years experience and holds the HCCP Designation along with several local housing authority designations and has a strong working relationship with the housing authorities. Charles enjoys training all of our associates, streamlining the compliance process and is always available to answer compliance questions.


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