John A. Williams
John A. Williams was born and educated in Atlanta. Following graduation from the city’s public school system, he entered the Georgia Institute of Technology where he earned a BS in Industrial Management. Mr. Williams has directed and coordinated the development, construction, and management of real estate developments since 1966. Mr. Williams was the Founder of Post Properties, Inc. Mr. Williams is currently Chief Executive Officer of Williams Realty Advisors, LLC. He also holds interests in various other entities involving the acquisition, development, building, holding, leasing, managing, operating and exchanging of real properties and enterprises.
Among the 40 awards, honors and medals Mr. Williams has received over his 42 years of success in the industry include being named “Entrepreneur of The Year”, by both Stanford Business School and Ernst & Young in 1990 and 1988 respectively. He has been given The Wall Street Transcript “CEO Award for Commercial Real Estate”, in 1995 along with being named “CEO of The Year”, by Financial World, in 1996. Mr. Williams was listed on National Real Estate Investor’s list of “The 20th Century’s Most Influential Developers”, along with Atlanta Business Chronicle’s award for “Atlanta Residential Developer of The Decade”, for the 1990’s; followed by, Harvard Business School extending its “Community Leadership Award” to Mr. Williams in 2000. He has received numerous honors and awards from Cobb County, Georgia including, “The Mack Henderson Public Service Award”, in 2005. Mr. Williams was recently inducted into the Multi-Housing News Hall of Fame: First Class in 2004, and given, The Four Pillar Award in 2007 by The Council for Quality Growth. John Williams is and has always been very active in varied philanthropic activities, outreaches, and organizations in Georgia and around the World. In the spring of 2008, Mr. Williams was inducted into the Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business Hall of Fame as well as the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Management Hall of Fame.
Mr. Williams is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Falcons of which he is also a minority owner. He serves on the Advisory Board of Georgian Bancorporation, Inc. and FCA Venture Partners, IV. He has previously served on the boards of Riverside Bancshares, Inc., where he was the largest shareholder, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, the Atlanta Regional Commission, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Post Secondary/Vocational Education, the Executive Committee of the National Apartment Association, the Board of Directors of NationsBank and Barnett Banks, Inc, the Board of Directors of Crawford & Company, and the Board of Directors of Post Properties, Inc. He is the Founder and past Chairman of the Cumberland Community Improvement District. He served as president of the Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan Atlanta, Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Metro Business Forum, Chairman of the Regional Business Coalition, Chairman of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority, and Chairman of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, serving two terms.