Something special happens when the right pieces are put together. Vision. Experience. Passion. The kind of synergy that great development is all about. This is why Macauley+Schmit is a powerful force – the perfect union of the visionary and the strategist - proving, once again, that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.


Stephen Macauley

Across three decades of experience, Stephen Macauley has continued to set new standards of excellence in real estate development.  An Englishman by birth and a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Stephen's award-winning work has enhanced the quality of neighborhood life, created holistic communities, and protected the environment through a foundation of sustainable principles in real estate development planning.

Before he became a principal at Macauley+Schmit, Stephen developed more than 30 mixed-use and mixed-income communities across metro Atlanta, including Legacy Park and Ridenour in Cobb, Walden Park and Lakes of Cedar Grove in south Fulton and Harmony on the Lakes and Laurel Canyon in Cherokee. The National Association of Home Builders, the Atlanta Regional Commission, LIFE Magazine and CNN have recognized Macauley's communities.  In 1996, Macauley was awarded Best New Community for Legacy Park by the National Association of Home Builders , which was followed in 1999 by the Atlanta Regional Commission's Development of Excellence Award for Macauley's sustainable plan at Ridenour.  

Dedicated to creating opportunities for social and economic transformation to occur, Stephen has participated in Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Cobb, and Leadership Georgia and is a past president of the Marietta Kiwanis Club.  His civic and charitable leadership continues with service to The Commerce Club's New Century Forum (where he served as Chairman), The Commerce Club's Operating Board, Urban Land Institute's Smart Growth Committee and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the State of Georgia Greenspace Commission for then Governor Roy Barnes, from 1998 – 2002.  

Stephen and his wife, Lucy, live in Atlanta's historic Garden Hills community. They have four children.

Dave Schmit

Dave Schmit's savvy for developing strategic models integral to a community's success have propelled Dave through a career of service with large public and private builders, setting him up as the perfect partner in the sustainable communities firm, Macauley+Schmit.  

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 in Atlanta to more than 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.

Dave's leadership expertise is also seen in his passion for the community, where he is currently serving as an officer of Roswell Rotary and chairman of the Comprehensive Plan 2030 for the City of Roswell.  He continues to coach at the nationally-recognized East Cobb Baseball, using baseball to teach young men about responsibility and teamwork.  Dave's also served as vice-chairman of Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia and 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.

Dave lives with his family in historic Roswell.