Andrew M. Sims is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of SoTHERLY Hotels Inc., and has served in this capacity since leading the company’s initial public offering in 2004 as MHI Hospitality Corporation. Previously, Mr. Sims had served since 1995 as President of MHI Hotels Services after serving for seven years as Vice President of Finance and Development. Mr. Sims began his career in 1980 as Sales Associate for Merrill Lynch Commercial Realty. 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 as a director for MHI Hotels Services and previously served on the Franchise Advisory Board for Hilton Hotels. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a brief historical sketch of the company and a picture of its operations at the present time?
Mr. Sims: Presently, we're a publicly traded real estate investment trust with