Robi Simms, VP of Charles Simms Development


  • Greg Griffin and Pat Behn have chaired the Easter Egg Hunt event since 2015. They are looking for their replacements and will chair it one more year so new people can shadow them. Let Greg or Pat know if you are interested in running the event.

Committee Meetings

  • 5/18/2022, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic 2022. Meetings in 2022 will be on Wednesdays on 1/26, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/15, 7/13. Additional golf committee members and volunteers are always welcome. The event will be held on 7/18/2022.

Community Events

  • 5/4/2022, 6:30 PM, 2nd Annual Washington Centerville’s Got Talent in-person FINALE of the top 10 will be held in the Central Theater at Centerville High School.
  • 5/14/2022, 11 AM to 4 PM, Fishing Event at Family Adventure Day at RecPlex. To volunteer use the member calendar here.
  • 5/15/2022, 1 PM – 4 PM, Safety on Wheels at Miami Valley South Hospital parking lot. To volunteer use the member calendar here.
  • 5/16/2022, 11 AM to 3 PM, Fishing Event for “The Castle” members at RecPlex. The Castle is expecting that 20-40 of their members will show up and they will need a lot of one-on-one help. To volunteer use the member calendar here.
  • 6/4/2022, 8 AM to 12:30 PM, Fishing Derby at RecPlex. To volunteer use the member calendar here.
  • 6/6/2022, All Day, Junior Golf Tournament, Volunteers are needed, contact Jerry Stahley and/or use the member calendar here.
  • 7/18/2022, All Day, the 30th year of the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic will be held on 7/18/2022. The committee is making progress for sponsorships but could use your help with obtaining additional sponsorships.

Social Events

  • May 20, 2022, 6 PM, Dinner then Bunco at Chappy’s. Sign up and pay by 5/17/2022. Signup using the member calendar here.

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you, Nick Tarkany, the owner and CNO member and his team for the great beer, food and space!

Emily Duke won the 50/50 drawing. As always, the other half of the 50/50 is donated to the Optimist International Foundation.

There were 21 people at the meeting (16 members and 5 guests).

Greg Fay, chair of CNO 2.0, said he was so thankful for all the guests and members that came to tonight’s meeting. He also gave a recap of what our club is all about and that information is at the bottom of this article.

View photos of tonight’s meeting.

Robi Simms, Charles Simms Development

Greg Fay introduced Robi Simms, the VP of Sales and Marketing of Charles Simms Development.

Robi Simms graduated from Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. In 2013, Robi started working as a leasing consultant and property manager for Simms Management. In 2015, Robi joined the team at Charles Simms Development as a field superintendent, continuing the family tradition as a local builder in Dayton, OH. Simms is a fourth-generation homebuilder and a 7th generation Daytonian.

Robi’s grandfather got started building by focusing on the area between West Carrollton and Miamisburg where no one else wanted to build. The US government at that time wanted developers to build housing needed after World War II.

The company was started in 1957 and Robi’s father purchased the company in 1996 from Robi’s grandfather.

The family rule was that before joining the company you go off on your own. He tried this but it was still during the great recession. In 2011, the Charles Simms Development company needed someone to cover for a woman for 3 months while she was on maternity leave. Robi did a great job and his father offered him a permanent job. He started off in a sales roles with the company.

The company is now working on a succession plan for Robi and his brother, Crosby, to purchase the business from their father.

Charles Simms Focus is Building New Townhouses

The demand for an empty nester lifestyle is high everywhere but especially in South Dayton. Other cities reach out to Charles Simms Development for them to develop areas in their cities. They are currently building in Springfield, Beavercreek, Centerville, Lebanon and Mason.

Charles Simms Development built 117 single-family homes in downtown Dayton. All other places to live in downtown Dayton are apartments.

About Charles Simms Development

Charles Simms Development has 12 full time employees. They have a relationship with banks to help with the upfront money to build 44 homes at one time. Their track record proves that they can do it. It is rare for banks to front this money.

Robi personally does the final walk through for all new customers. They focus more on service than their competitors.

The business generates a lot of local jobs where they build.

Smart Homes

The company announced three weeks ago that all new townhouses will be wired with smart devices and ready for more automations in the future. Homes will include a smart garage door opener and Electric Vehicle (EV) charges. Additionally, the homes will have smart Nest Thermostats, several built in USB charging outlets and be wired with network cabling throughout the home. Physical cabling simplifies what you can automate and improves internet quality versus Wi-Fi only.

Thank You

Thank you, Robi Simms, for speaking at tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting and telling the story of you and your family’s townhouse development business.

Previous Article about Charles Simms Development

Robi’s father, Charles H. Simms, the president of Charles Simms Development, spoke at a CNO lunch on October 9, 2018. This is a link to that article.

About CNO 2.0

CNO 2.0 is a club within a club of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. CNO (and CNO 2.0) is a world class service organization. Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fundraising and club activities. CNO 2.0 was created about 5 years ago and is very much a part of the 53-year-old Centerville Noon Optimist Club. CNO has given away over $2 million during its history. CNO is a group of like-minded members that are passionate about helping youth and having fun in the process.

The speaker at each 2.0 meeting is someone with a local business success story.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Golf Outing

Major Activities for the youth in our community

  • Build-a-Bear at Children’s Hospital, 3 times a year
  • Fishing Derby in June
  • Kid’s day in the park in August
  • Easter Egg Hunt

Meeting Photos

CLICK HERE to see Photos of the Meeting

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