John A. Williams, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Preferred Apartment Communities, Atlanta, GA John A. Williams, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Preferred Apartment Communities, Atlanta, GA

ATLANTA, GA—John A. Williams, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Preferred Apartment Communities, died unexpectedly Monday. The company’s Board of Directors appointed vice chairman and chief investment officer Daniel M. DuPree to succeed Williams as chairman of the board and chief executive officer.  Leonard A. Silverstein, a co-founder of the company along with Williams, was appointed vice chairman of the board and will continue as president and chief operating officer.