2017 John B. Hardin Service Award Recipient
Wilson Sims, Jr. '72
Wilson Sims, Jr., principal of Sims & Steele Consulting, specializes in capital campaigns, major gifts, strategic planning, board development, and facilitation. He has worked with non-profits for 35 years, beginning as an intern and rising to development director and later, consultant to non-profit organizations. Best known for designing and directing more than 90 successful capital campaigns raising more than $300 million, the major focus of Wilson’s work has been helping his non-profit clients grow and thrive!
Wilson established Sims & Steele Consulting in Asheville, N.C. in 1994 so that regional non-profits would have access to strong, experienced, and local consulting at competitive rates. Wilson emphasizes: “Our relationships with many of the same non-profits continue as they find repeat value in our very personalized approach.” Much of his work also includes mentoring and working with younger professionals throughout Western North Carolina, providing both job opportunities and career advice.
Wilson is a graduate of The Webb School, Bell Buckle, TN., holds a B.A. from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from Owen School, Vanderbilt University. Outside the office, Wilson is a Big Brother to Matthew (9 years) and is Convener of the French Broad River Greenway Committee. He enjoys time with his wife, Ann, and daughters, Callie and Jenny, and about anything outdoors.”
Wilson has served as Webb Alumni Board President since 2013 and has been a tireless worker on behalf of the school. He has been the lead volunteer organizing a successful fundraising effort to name an endowed chair in honor of his dad, Woody Sims, Sr. '42.