Our History

The Simms Tradition

Four generations of homebuilders in the Dayton area have established the Simms Tradition that is recognized throughout the building industry. With nearly a century of developing some of the finest neighborhoods in the Miami Valley, the Simms family has continually met the demands of today's homebuyers and renters.

The Wright Brothers practiced flying at Simms Station, the Simms' family farm. Since then, Dayton's history and the Simms name have been intertwined.
Alexander Simms, a major developer in the south and east Dayton areas, pioneered the Simms Tradition of "quality comes first". In a move ahead of the times, Alex's wife, Dorothy, ran the business for 3 years while he served as a fighter pilot in World War II.
Charles V. Simms founded Charles V. Simms Development and continued the Simms tradition in single family, condominium, and apartment development.
Working with his son, Charles V. Simms provided innovative home designs in the most desirable locations. To keep the apartment communities up to the high standards with which he built them, Charles established Simms Management.
To honor the exemplary work in the building industry Charles won the coveted National Multi-Family Builder of the Year Award.
A new era began with Charles H. Simms carrying on the Simms Tradition by purchasing his father's company. With a history of excellence behind them, both father and son look forward to a future that offers the same "Quality Comes First" philosophy that has made the Simms name the benchmark by which to measure homebuilding in the Miami Valley.

Award & Designations

Part of the Simms Tradition is the recognition we've received from the community over the years. Here are a few of the awards and designations we've received over the past five decades

A new era began with Charles H. Simms carrying on the Simms Tradition by purchasing his father's company. With a history of excellence behind them, both father and son look forward to a future that offers the same "Quality Comes First" philosophy that has made the Simms name the benchmark by which to measure homebuilding in the Miami Valley.

Charles V. Simms, Owner, CEO

  • National Association of Homebuilders, National Multi-Family Builder of the Year, 1995
  • Designated Senior Life Director, National Association of Homebuilders, 1991 
  • President, Ohio Homebuilders Association, 1966
  • President, Home Builders Association of Dayton, 1969 
  • Chairman, Miami Valley Hospital Health Foundation, 1985-'90 
  • President, Miami Valley Open Space Council, 1989-'94 
  • Commissioner, Dayton-Montgomery County Low Income Housing Commission, 1989
  • County Commissioner, Montgomery County, Ohio, 1973-'76
A new era began with Charles H. Simms carrying on the Simms Tradition by purchasing his father's company. With a history of excellence behind them, both father and son look forward to a future that offers the same "Quality Comes First" philosophy that has made the Simms name the benchmark by which to measure homebuilding in the Miami Valley.

Jim Ritterhoff, President

  • Board of Directors, Miami  Valley Fair Housing Center 1997 – 2014
  • Chair Board of Directors, Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, 2009-2012
  • Board of Directors, Ohio Apartment Association
  • President Ohio Apartment Association 2009, 2000
  • Board of Directors, Greater Dayton Apartment Association, 1994-1999
  • President, Greater Dayton Apartment Association, 1996-1999
A new era began with Charles H. Simms carrying on the Simms Tradition by purchasing his father's company. With a history of excellence behind them, both father and son look forward to a future that offers the same "Quality Comes First" philosophy that has made the Simms name the benchmark by which to measure homebuilding in the Miami Valley.

Charles H. Simms, Vice-President/Treasurer

  • 2 Regional and National Awards
  • Recipient  of the 2009 McDaniels Zengel Life Time Achievement Award for  Outstanding Service to the Homebuilding Industry and the Community
  • President—Home Builders Association of Dayton and the Miami Valley for 1999
  • President—Ohio Home Builders Association for 2008
  • Home Builders Association of Dayton and the Miami Valley--Industry Pioneer Award 2010; Builder Member of the Year 2004 and 2013