Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Williams is the Chief Investment Officer at Grubb Properties and is responsible for leading the company’s private equity real estate investment programs and institutional joint ventures, including the development, launch and fundraising for discretionary funds that provide equity capital for the company’s real estate investments. He currently oversees the company’s investment relations, communications and fundraising teams, and is a member of the company’s investment committee, senior management group and executive team. Mr. Williams has more than 25 years of industry experience including prior executive and senior-level roles at Grubb Properties in development, acquisitions, underwriting and debt financing. He has overseen fundraising for more than $750 million in equity capital deployed across $1.5 billion in real estate transactions during his career with the company.
He joined the company in 2005 after 12 years in real estate advisory services, entitlement, and urban planning, where he provided consulting services to cities, states and quasi-governmental bodies as well as to a wide variety of institutional investors, private companies, public companies and real estate investment trusts. Mr. Williams has multi-jurisdictional experience in securing more than 10 million square feet of zoning entitlements, significant local subsidies and Brownfield redevelopment agreements.
Mr. Williams has served on a wide range of community boards and committees, including the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte, as chair of an affiliate’s real estate committee, and as vice chair of the affiliate’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Mr. Williams served on the Charlotte Department of Transportation Advisory Team for Street Development Guidelines, was appointed in 2004 by the Charlotte City Council to the Mecklenburg County Schools Task Force – Long Range Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, served as a staff resource to the Committee of 100 for Charlotte’s long-range regional planning, served on the Glen Lennox Neighborhood Conservation District Committee in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and was a past Board Member of the Elizabeth Community Association in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mr. Williams is a licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker and graduated from the College of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he received his BA and BARCH. Additionally, Mr. Williams served as a staff associate to the UNCC Urban Institute, as a research and teaching associate in the Architecture Department, and as an adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer for the Childress Klein Center for Real Estate at UNCC.