John R. Williams
President and Chief Investment Officer
As President and Chief Investment Officer John R Williams is responsible for portfolio acquisitions, capital formation, investor relations and fund management.
Previous to joining Avanath in 2012, Mr. Williams was Managing Partner, Capital Markets of Carmel Partners, Inc. (“Carmel Partners”), a real estate development and investment firm based in San Francisco, California. At Carmel Partners, Mr. Williams was responsible for capital formation, fund management, investor relations, joint ventures, credit facilities and financing of all Carmel Partners investments. Mr. Williams was also a member of Carmel Partners’ Senior Investment Committee. Under Mr. Williams’ direction, Carmel Partners raised over $4.0 billion of debt and closed four discretionary real estate investment funds with total equity of $2.2 billion. Capital for these funds was provided by some of the nation’s most prestigious university endowments, foundations and high net worth individuals.
Prior to joining Carmel Partners in 2000, Mr. Williams was a Partner and Director at Acacia Capital Corporation (“Acacia”). In this capacity, Mr. Williams was responsible for capital formation and the identification, acquisition and financing of multi-family and commercial properties. Acacia managed investment capital totaling $500 million. These funds were raised primarily from university endowments and high net worth individuals. Acacia's multi-family and commercial portfolio included interests in approximately 9,300 apartment units and 2.3 million square feet of industrial and commercial space, having an asset value of over $700 million.
A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Williams received his BS degree in finance from Duquesne University in 1980 and attended the Executive Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Mr. Williams is a Governor of the Urban Land Institute (“ULI”), Past Chairman of the ULI Silver Multi-Family Council, a member of the Executive Committee of the National Multi Housing Council (“NMHC”), and on the Advisory Board of the Duquesne University Business School. He is a frequent speaker at national real estate conferences sponsored by the ULI, Harvard Business School, University of California-Berkeley, Stanford Business School, UCLA Real Estate Forum, USC Lusk Graduate School of Real Estate, Duquesne University, the California Bar Association, Pension Real Estate Association (“PREA”), California Association for Economic Development, the California Mortgage Bankers Association and the Lambda Alpha Honorary Real Estate Society.