2016 Honoree

John E. Drew

John E. Drew

John Drew, President & CEO, the Drew Company

John Drew is Founder and President of the Drew Company, a Boston-based real estate management and development company that is internationally known for its innovative real estate projects.

Mr. Drew also serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Seaport Companies, which includes the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center Boston, Chairman of Trade Center Management Associates, which manages the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., and Chairman of the World Trade Centre Dublin in Ireland.

John Drew is a pioneer in the development of Boston's revitalized Seaport District through the development of the Seaport WTC Boston and Hotel. Since its opening in 1986, the Seaport WTC and Hotel has become one of the premier facilities for conferences and exhibitions in New England. Mr. Drew led the development of a three-building, 1.75 million s.f. expansion of the World Trade Center complex 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.

Mr. Drew's second major trade center project is the International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., which opened in 1998. The International Trade Center, located at the Ronald Reagan Building, is the US government's most prominent site for trade promotion. In addition, the ITC's conference center has become the premier forum in Washington D.C. for international meetings and major special events.

The Drew Company's development portfolio includes the Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts, Bayside Exposition Center, and Constitution Plaza in Boston. The firm also provides asset management services, as well as development advisory services to businesses in the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to founding his firm, Mr. Drew served as Director of Federal Relations for the City of Boston. During that time, he was responsible for the creation of the "Boston Plan," a redevelopment plan for the city.

Mr. Drew received his Bachelor's Degree from Stonehill College, a Master's Degree from Boston University, and is one of the region's top authorities on public-private partnerships and development.

Mr. Drew has served on the Board of the World Trade Centers Association since 1990 and is Vice Chairman and of the Board. He also serves as Chairman of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau Board, and is involved with a number of other boards and civic organizations.