Drew Sims is Chairman of Sotherly Hotels Inc. Before his appointment to his current role, Mr. Sims served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since leading the company’s initial public offering in 2004 as MHI Hospitality Corporation through 2019. Previously, Mr. Sims had served as president of MHI Hotels Services following a seven year term as Vice President of Finance and Development, during which he was instrumental in the purchase and renovation of several properties that drove the growth of MHI Hotels Services in the 1990s. Mr. Sims’ association with Sotherly Hotels and MHI Hotels Services continues a family tradition in the hotel industry which began with his father, Edgar Sims Jr., who founded MHI Hotels Services as Maryland Hospitality, Inc. in 1957.
Mr. Sims is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, with a bachelor’s degree in commerce. Mr. Sims currently serves on the Board of the Sotherly Foundation and previously served on the Franchise Advisory Board for Hilton Hotels. He is also involved in the community as a former trustee and basketball coach for Walsingham Academy.