John E. Drew, M.S.S.S. ’65

The Drew Company

Boston, Massachusetts

John Drew is founder and President of the Drew Company, a Boston-based real estate management and development company. He serves as Chairman of Trade Center Management Associates, which manages the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., and the World Trade Center Dublin. Mr. Drew has been a member of the World Trade Centers Association since 1985 and currently serves on the Board as Vice Chairman. He is also the developer and past Chairman of the Seaport Companies: Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center Boston, Seaport East and Seaport West.

As developer and partner of the World Trade Center Boston and Seaport Hotel, John Drew is a pioneer in the development of Boston’s revitalized Seaport District. Since its opening in 1986, the World Trade Center Boston 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 Ronald Reagan Building and 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 and the second largest federal building in the United States next to the Pentagon. In addition, the ITC’s conference center has become the premier forum in Washington D.C. for international meetings and major special events, hosting over 1,500 trade events annually.

In 2010, Mr. Drew began the business operation of the World Trade Center Dublin with an objective to raise the profile of Ireland internationally and promote it as a country of innovation, opportunity and talent. In addition to assisting companies improve their global competitiveness; the World Trade Center Dublin assists members to achieve its international trading objectives through trade, educational and networking programs and events.

In 2002, Mr. Drew was appointed by the Principality of Monaco to serve as Honorary Consul of the Consulate of Monaco, overseeing the New England states and served as Consul until 2013.

He also advises the US Department of Commerce in his role as Chairman of the United States Northeast District Export Council, Massachusetts region.

The Drew Company’s development portfolio includes the Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts (Now Xfinity Center), 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. The firms’ latest project is Waterside Place, a 236-unit mixed-use luxury rental apartment building which opened in January, 2014 in Boston’s Seaport District.

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. In recognition of this achievement, the Boston Jaycees named him one of its “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders.”

Mr. Drew serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Stonehill College, Cathedral High School in Boston, and former Chairman and current Executive Committee Member of the Board for the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. He also served as Chairman of the Boston 2000 Commission, having been appointed by the Mayor of Boston.

Mr. Drew received his undergraduate degree from Stonehill College, a master’s degree from Boston University, a Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Newbury College, 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, and Chairman of “A Better City” (an organization of business leaders working to ensure Boston’s future competitive advantage).

Mr. Drew’s impact on tourism, hospitality and development in the Boston area has won him numerous awards and distinctions. He has received an honorary degree from Newbury College and a lifetime achievement award from the Boston Jaycees. He was presented with the “Distinguished Individual” award from the Massachusetts Hospitality Association, was honored as one of the “Top 125 Leaders Making a Difference in Boston,” from Banker and Tradesman, was honored by NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) in 2002 as “Developer of the Year,” the Boston Business Journals’ Power 50 Award in 2012, and the 2012 Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award from Building Owners Managers Association. In 2013 he was recognized by Irish America Magazine as one of the Business 100 Irish-American leaders in the U.S. In May 2014, he received the Justice and Compassion award from Catholic Charities for his philanthropic contributions and support of social service organizations, nonprofit, and educational foundations throughout the community. Most recently, he was honored with the Visionary Award from the Boston Business Journal in May 2015.