John Drew is Founder and President of Drew Company, Inc., a Boston-based real estate management and development company that is internationally known for its innovative real estate projects.
As developer of the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center Boston, John Drew is a pioneer in the development for Boston’s revitalized South Boston Seaport District. Mr Drew led the development of a three-building, 1.75 million s.f. expansion of the Trade Center that included hotel, offices, retail and parking facilities. The 426-room Seaport Hotel opened in 1998, World Trade Center East opened in 2000, and World Trade Center West opened in 2002. In addition, Mr. Drew’s company was named co-developer of Waterside Place, a 1.2 million s.f., mixed-use project in the South Boston Seaport District.
Mr Drew’s second major trade center project is the International Trade Center in Washington, DC, which opened in 1998 and is located at the Ronald Reagan Building, the US Government’s most prominent site for trade promotion. Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA), manages, leases and operates the 3.1 million s.f. facility.
In 2010, Mr Drew will open a World Trade Center in Dublin, Ireland and will launch a web-based company focused on international trade.
Mr Drew received his Master’s degree from Boston University and is one of the region’s top authorities on public-private partnerships and development. His civic commitments include: Chairman Emeritus for Caritas Christi Health Care System in Boston; Chairman Emeritus/Executive Committee Member of A Better City; and Chairman of the Massachusetts District Export Council. He is also Vice Chairman of the World Trade Centers Association, headquartered in New York City, as well as Honorary Consul to the Principality of Monaco.
Mr Drew received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD) from Newbury College and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Boston Jaycees. He was honored as one of the “Top 125 Leaders Making a Difference in Boston,” from Banker and Tradesman, and was named “Developer of the Year” by NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties). Most recently, Mr Drew was recognized by the Irish Echo Magazine, receiving the Golden Bridges Award; Industry Partner for 2009/Hall of Fame from the Massachusetts Lodging Association; the Henry L. Shattuck Public Service Award from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau; and the Starfish Thrower Award from Operation A.B.L.E.