Dave Schmit has made a career of developing strategic models integral to the creation of new and revitalized communities. This focus has propelled Dave through a career of service with large public and private builders, ultimately leading him toward master planning and development of high quality town-centered and urban mixed-use projects.
Dave’s early career involved management of complex construction projects including pulp and paper mills, petrochemical plants, retail centers and office buildings. His competence in establishing project controls and organizing disparate parties into collaborative teams became a central theme in Dave’s success. As president of Colony Homes, Dave grew the company from building 200 homes per year to nearly 1800 homes annually in Atlanta, Raleigh and Charlotte. To sustain this dynamic growth, Dave introduced Colony’s associates to an employee philosophy based upon the theme of “Our House”, a culture of high standards that emulated through Colony’s vision, mission and values into decision-making guidelines and principles to serve customers. In 1999, Big Builder magazine chronicled this culture, which showcased Colony Homes’ national reputation for building affordable homes in metropolitan communities because of their sophisticated models for design, delivery and customer service. Dave later leveraged his expertise to join the executive team at Morrison Homes, aiding the company in becoming the 29th largest builder nationwide in 2003. His role in developing a shared vision and integrated management tools was central to the company’s success. From 2003-2009, Dave was president of Marathon Land Company, an organization formed to develop mixed-use projects in the Atlanta area. In the years since, he has served as Principal of Schmit+Associates LLC and a strategic partner of the Integral Group.
Dave’s leadership expertise is also seen in his passion for community, where he is currently serving on the Roswell Downtown Development Authority. He is a past president of Roswell Rotary, served as chairman of the Comprehensive Plan 2030 for the City of Roswell, and as Vice-Chairman of Habitat North Georgia. In 10 years coaching nationally-recognized East Cobb Baseball, Dave used the sport to teach young men about responsibility and teamwork. He continues to spend time each semester as a guest lecturer on ethics and operations in the development industry at his alma mater, the University of Florida.